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Literacy Coalition News
November/December 2009

Federal Funding Announced to Improve Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy has received a federal grant of $238,000 from the U.S. Department of Education through the efforts of former Rep. Jim Walsh and Rep. Dan Maffei. The funding will go towards two pilot programs: to create a centralized literacy referral model and to increase the cultural competencies of literacy programs.

ProLiteracy Board Member Ruth Colvin, Rep. Dan Maffei, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, ProLiteracy President and CEO David C. Harvey

According to Virginia Carmody, Executive Director of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, “Our ultimate goal is a coordinated pipeline of literacy services that is strategic, focused and data-driven.”

Among those at the announcement at White Branch Library were Ruth Colvin, Rep. Dan Maffei, County Executive Joanie Mahoney and David Harvey, ProLiteracy President and CEO. Learn More »

Syracuse Wins Second New York State Literacy Zone Grant Award

The Syracuse City School District in partnership with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and a broad network of community partners has been awarded $900,000 over three years to fund the Syracuse West Literacy Zone. This is the second such grant to be awarded to the group making them just one of two across the State to accomplish this impressive feat.

Literacy Zones are a reform initiative developed by the New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department. The grant provides funds to improve adults’ basic education and literacy skills and to strengthen family support for children’s education.

Look for more updates to come on this and the previously awarded Syracuse North Literacy Zone. We look forward to working with the Literacy Zone staff and our community partners in this exciting endeavor.

Teen Voices for Literacy - Charity Book Club inspires us all!

Brianna Suslovic

Brianna Suslovic

Last year, Jamesville DeWitt High School sophomore Brianna Suslovic started the Charity Book Club. Members of the Club read a book, then donate time or money to a charity relevant to the book. This year, 20 students are participating and the club is on its seventh book. Go to Syracuse.com to read more.

Books the Charity Book Club has read:

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

  • Sold, by Patricia McCormick
  • My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
  • Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff

  • Where The Heart Is, by Billie Letts

  • Chanda’s Secrets, by Allan Stratton
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