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Munsch a Bunch bike ride for literacy nearing


Four Camrose cyclists will be biking 1,250 kilometres to spread the joy of reading in the fourth annual Munsch a Bunch of Miles for Literacy.

Alan Ford, Helen Samm, David Samm and Sheralyn Dobos will be reading Robert Munsch books at seven Alberta schools during their trek from Camrose to Fairview and back.

They will start at St. Patrick School in Camrose on Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. and then head off to Drayton Valley, Whitecourt, Valleyview, Fairview, McLennan, Slave Lake, Westlock, Ministik and Sherwood Park.

The foursome are expected to return on Sept. 11 for a reading at Sparling School at 2:30 p.m.

"We have gone east twice and west once, so we thought we would try north this time," said Ford. "It's not just a bike tour or a reading tour, it's a combination of both and a great experience."

The cyclists usually stop at a school for 30 to 45 minutes and read from one of Munsch's books, talk about bike safety and read one of Ruth Ford's poems.

They also leave an autographed copy behind for the school to enjoy, getting children excited about learning to read.

"This bicycle relay supports local literacy programs in Camrose and the surrounding area. Last year, donations of close to $12,000 supported a var-iety of literacy programs in our community," said Helen Samm, executive director of the Camrose and Area Com-munity Adult Learning Council. "Our goal this year is to raise $15,000."

A "kick off" reading will be held at Merchant's Coffee and Tea House on August 27 at 7 p.m.

"This project is important as the money raised from this ride will support and encourage families, children and adults to become better readers," added Samm. "Our goal is simple-raise enough money to help all people and all families read and write to the best of their ability."

You can listen to their progress every morning on 98.1 CAM FM or read their daily blog or Tweeter on the Internet. The web site is and the blog site is

In the past three years, the bike tour has covered 4,000 kms and shared the literacy message with 3,000 students, parents and teachers.

The Munsch a Bunch of Miles for Literacy team also includes Rev. Kenn Ward and Ted Gillespie.

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