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Literacy Coalition News
June 2010


SU Students Impact Community Literacy

Kudos to all those Syracuse University students who have impacted community literacy efforts over the years. One such longstanding collaboration is among the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (CPCS), SU Literacy Corps and the College of Human Ecology. The 2010 SU commitment is a program called "Books and Cooks!" and was selected to be featured on NBC's "Today Show" during its coverage of the annual Clinton Global Initiatives Conference.

According to Pam Heintz, Associate VP for Engagement and CPSC Director, "This is an example of the kinds of things our SU Literacy Corps tutors are able to do because of the remarkable partnerships our literacy initiatives have with the community and on campus, and the commitment of so many of our partners to work with the students to make things happen." Learn More »

Another noteworthy endeavor was undertaken by Maxwell students through SU's Community Benchmarks Program who conducted the report "Laying the Foundation for Literacy" for the Literacy Coaltion (LCOC) which focused on the LCOC's eight Community Literacy Outcome Indicators that cover the lifespan from early childhood to adult education. In particular, their work directly assists the efforts of the Literacy Coalition's Measurement Action Team to benchmark our outcomes indicators and to chart measurable progress over time.

According to Carol Dwyer, Director of the Community Benchmarks Program at SU's Maxwell School, " Our students in the Community Benchmarks practicum were very committed working on a project that can contribute to raising literacy rates in Onondaga County. They were especially taken with the Coalition's decision to join the Imagination Library. They see this as a wonderful way to help the city's youth in the targeted areas to be prepared for school." Learn More »

Our Managing Partners in the News!

Peggy Liuzzi, Executive Director of Child Care Solutions, is one of the Literacy Coalition's Managing Partners and Co-Chair of our Early Childhood Action Team. She was honored as a New York Senate Woman of Distinction by NYS Senator John DeFrancisco. Learn more »

The Onondaga County Office Building was renamed to honor former Deputy County Executive Ed Kochian, our "Literacy Zealot" who is also one of the Literacy Coalition's Managing Partners. Learn more »

Clifford and the Imagination Library

By Clare Rauch, Our Northside Neighborhood News (May/June 2010)

Clifford the Big Red Dog, in his delightfully galumphing way, visited Syracuse recently from Birdwell Island to help sign up children for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at the kick-off event held at White Branch Library on May 15th.
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