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Literacy Coalition News
January 2010

Literacy Quote of the Decade

“My mother told me that reading gives you courage,”

My-Kellia McShan, 9 years old*

*Reprinted from the Post Standard “Voices of the Last 10 Years” by Columnist Sean Kirst. (Go to Syracuse.com to read more.)

Save the Date: March 2, 2010 - Read Across America Day

The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

The Literacy Coalition will be encouraging schools, libraries and bookstores to have local celebrations with the goal of increasing the number of children who read or are read to daily. If you are interesting in participating, please contact us at info@onliteracy.org or 428-8129. Learn more »

CNY Works wins $3.7M grant to train low-income Syracuse residents in 'green' jobs - with Literacy Component!

The US Department of Labor has announced that the Pathways Out of Poverty Grant - referred to as eCUSE (the Environmental Collaborative for Urban Sustainable Employment) was awarded to CNY Works and a team of community partners. The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County is one of the contract partners.

The purpose of eCUSE is to increase employment opportunities for people in poverty while building a labor pool for burgeoning area green industries, particularly alternative bio-fuels and energy efficiency, for which Syracuse is a national leader. Combining the existing skills and expertise of the community’s organizations and agencies, the proposed strategy creates a comprehensive web of services and supports leading to increased employment outcomes.

The Literacy Coalition will convene adult literacy providers to prepare the response to literacy service needs of partner programs. Detailed information and the start date for services will follow soon. If you have any further questions, please contact Kathy Byrnes, Program Director, Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County at kbyrnes@unitedway-cny.org or 428-2241. Read more »

First Quarterly Partners Meeting Held for the Syracuse Literacy Zones

Over 60 community partners attended with Pat Deacon, Case Manager, North Literacy Zone, giving an overview of the Literacy Zones.

The Syracuse City School District in partnership with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the Literacy Coalition and a broad network of community partners held the First Quarterly Literacy Zone Partners Meeting at the Rosamond Gifford Room last month. A reform initiative of New York State, the Literacy Zone awards provides funds to improve adults’ basic education and literacy skills and to strengthen family support for children’s education. For more information please contact or visit the following:

North Literacy Zone
Family Welcome Center
Grant Middle School
2400 Grant Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13208
(315) 435-6376

West Literacy Zone
Family Welcome Center
Golden Gloves Athletic & Education Center
307 S. Geddes St., Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 214-4248

Haiti Earthquake Relief COAKE/ProLiteracy's National Conference JOBSplus! Tutor Training Classes Children's Consortium Ready, Set, Parent! Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse Literacy Tutor Training Emerging and Transitional Worker Training Program Child Care Solutions Training ScheduleStones into School Book Review Advocacy Clearinghouse & Toolkit