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Literacy Coalition News
November/December 2011



Give a gift that will last a lifetime - reading!

Felicia McCrary-Salley and her husband, Talivo Salley Sr., along with their children read together at the White Branch Library. They use books they receive each month free from Imagination Library. The kids are, from left, Robert McCrary, La'Lazia Daniels and Talivo M. Salley Jr.

The Literacy Coalition's Imagination Library program has now mailed 15,474 age-appropriate books to 1,208 children birth to age 5 in our Northside target area in the City of Syracuse. Nearly half of these children have historically entered school without the literacy tools essential for kindergarten readiness.

Our goal is to spark a child's interest in learning during those critical early years of development, lay the groundwork for improved academic performance and high school graduation.  Not merely a book giveaway, our Imagination Library program is the centerpiece of our broader community literacy plan that is targeted and measurable.

A recent study by Le Moyne College of over 700 Imagination Library families found significant early success. Please help those, like the McCrary-Salley Family in the above photo, and many more families achieve success in life for their children.

Start a child off on the right page this holiday season by donating to Imagination Library. Go to www.onliteracy.org and click the "Donate Now" button. Thanks for your support!

A Rich Tapestry: Onondaga Community College Celebrates 50 Years!

Debbie Sydow
Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D., President of Onondaga Community College

This fall Onondaga Community College launched a year-long celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary. According to President Sydow: "As we celebrate this milestone, we also honor the vision, commitment, and contributions of the many civic leaders, community partners, businesses, alumni, trustees, faculty, and staff who contributed to the birth, growth and transformation of the community's college over the course of the last five decades."

Who could have imagined fifty years ago that empty farmland atop Onondaga Hill would become a college campus, one of the largest in the SUNY system, serving over 12,000 students? On this anniversary, today's Onondaga Community College is an unmistakable CNY landmark that has been steadfast in its dedication to students and their success. Click here to learn more about the celebration year packed with events to commemorate this milestone in the College's history.

The LCOC salutes OCC on its 50th Anniversary and our shared vision of 100% literacy through 100% community engagement!



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