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Flood hits Action Read

Action Read Community Literacy Centre kept its doors open, but not without some inconvenience, after the centre was hit by a flood Friday.
“We are still open. We’re just asking people to be flexible and patient,” said executive director Mira Clarke.
The charitable organization, which offers free tutoring and literacy programs to adults and families, had to cancel programs for one day, but was able to keep its doors open.
Luckily, staff were there when a laundry pipe in the Park Mall building that is home to the centre burst last Friday, flooding one-half of the main tutoring and computer room.
“Because we were still here, bookshelves and books were ruined but we were able to save the computers,” said Clarke.
In the meantime, the landlord has offered Action Read temporary space in the same building, so it can continue to run its programs, she said.
The organization will have to wait on the building’s insurance company to assess the damage before repairs can be made. Action Read also has insurance and will have to decide whether it’s worth submitting a claim,  said Clarke.
As always, the organization is happy to accept donations from anyone who wants to help, she said.
“If anybody wanted to make a donation, we’d certainly gratefully accept,” she said.

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