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Literacy Coalition News
December 2010


We are proud to announce our Literacy Champions!

Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.Thanks to the support of the Central New York Community Foundation, awards have been announced by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County to fund family literacy programming that further leverage the impact of Imagination Library. The following organizations have been awarded a total of $50,000 in "Literacy Champion" grants:

Child Care Solutions (Awarded $2,870):
Child Care Solutions will offer a series of workshops on how to use books to extend children's language and early literacy learning. The target audience will be child care center staff and family child care providers who serve the Imagination Library zip codes (13203 and 13208). The workshops will demonstrate how to use Imagination Library books as the catalyst for additional activities that extend and reinforce children's language development.

First English Lutheran Church and Asian Apostolate (Awarded $1,000):
A year-round cooperative of First English Lutheran Church and the Asian Apostolate, that serves children and adults living in poverty in the 13203 and 13208 neighborhoods of Syracuse for almost 32 years. They will purchase literacy materials for children in four shared programs and services: The After School Program, the Summer Program, the Northside Neighborhood Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet.

InterFaith Works of CNY (Awarded $9,000):
Jumpstart! Storycircles will increase the readiness of recently settled Burmese pre-K children and their parents by providing facilitated, bi-lingual story hours that promote parent-child reading time in a fun, interactive environment that honors and supports the cultural and linguistic traditions of refugees. The project will capitalize on existing community resources, such as the White Branch Library and the educational and linguistic resources of Syracuse's existing Burmese community.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (Awarded $9,000):
This project is a collaboration between LVGS and the North Side Learning Center. LVGS has a long history of assisting adults in our community to improve their lives through literacy. The North Side Learning Center offers English Language instruction to refugee families through volunteer instructors. The project will infuse English language instruction program currently in place at the North Side Learning Center with instruction specifically intended to help parents to read Imagination Library books with their children, and with volunteers who are trained and supported by LVGS.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Awarded $9,000):
Imagination Library Animal Adventures is a year-long project consisting of regularly scheduled family literacy programs, with a thematic focus on animals. Friends of the Zoo will partner with the Onondaga County Public Library (White Branch) and Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs (McChesney Community Center) to develop and deliver the programming at sites familiar and accessible to the community. Educators will travel from the zoo to each site once a month to lead a fun, engaging and hands-on program for children and their families, linking books and literacy to live animals and artifacts.

Success By 6-United Way of CNY (Awarded $3,600):
Success By 6 organizes Squeeze in Time to Read (S.I.T.) sites at multiple locations throughout Onondaga County, this will expand the program to include two child care sites, one in zip code 13203 and one in zip code 13208. At each site, a new book case will be purchased along with new books (including a collection of Imagination Library books) that will be replenished as needed.

Syracuse City School District (Awarded $9,000):
With the Read...and Read Again project, the Syracuse City School District will enhance the Imagination Library by: 1) providing support services (e.g., literacy workshops) to the parents and guardians of patrons of the Imagination library who are enrolled in Syracuse City Schools; 2) providing pre-k programs in 13204 and 13208 zip code areas with copies of the books in the Imagination library collection, which patrons receive at home; and 3) fostering parent/child interaction for this population to assist parents in assisting their child learn to read in collaboration with the Parent Partnership Network and White Branch Library.

White Branch Library (Awarded $6,530):
White Branch Library will purchase 2 AWE Literacy Stations for use by toddler and preschool age children. Children in this age group will gain valuable pre-reading skills to prepare them for entrance into kindergarten. The literacy stations arrive from the company pre-loaded with 50 computer programs for young children. The library will also purchase 2 small children's computer desks to go along with the literacy stations.


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