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Literacy Coalition News
November/December 2013




We're thrilled to share the news of the sold-out success of our First Annual Stories of the Season.   We just can't stop smiling: Our inaugural event totally exceeded our expectations! From the delicious food to the visit from Santa, the tree lighting in Clinton Square to the live music, all the children's activities and of course, the stunning setting in the Clinton Exchange Building – we felt that the holiday season had truly started. 

Summer Learning Day 2013

Our Honorary Co-Chairs, Rob Simpson, Corinne Ribble, their son Benjamin with our MC, Dave Wall, OCC, during a presentation of Imagination Library books. Photo credit: Jason Caruso Photography.

At this time of year, our mission seems especially poignant.  It's hard to imagine the season without the sharing of a favorite holiday story.  Imagine being a father who cannot read The Night Before Christmas to his daughter, or a young child struggling to read the words to a beloved holiday song. As you savor a favorite Holiday story or read aloud to a child, be grateful that you were given the gift of literacy. Join us as we work to give that gift to everyone in our community.  

Summer Learning Day 2013

Many of our families stepped outside to watch the tree-lighting then returned indoors for dessert, Santa & more fun! Here's (L-R) Isla Baracco, Chuck Baracco, Lindsey Baracco, Marilou Francisco, Dean Francisco, Eric Francisco, Margaret Shirtz, Juliana Francisco & Rick Shirtz. Photo credit: Jason Caruso Photography. 

Our deepest gratitude to all those that helped us in writing a new chapter in our holiday traditions and made our event possible, especially our "Friends of Literacy" sponsors, learn more at (www.onliteracy.org).

Local Research Published in National Journal

Notification has just reached us that the research article: "Exploring the Literacy Practices of Refugee Families Enrolled in a Book Distribution Program and an Intergenerational Family Literacy Program" by Le Moyne College professors, Drs.  Sunita Singh, Monica Sylvia & Frank Ridzi has been published in this month's issue of the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Overall, the study (which presents findings of the literacy practices of Burmese refugee families and their interactions with Syracuse's Imagination Library program paired with InterFaith Works of CNY's intergenerational family literacy program, Storycircles) adds much needed breadth and depth to our understanding of literacy practices and instruction for refugee families.  Learn more »

Round 4 of Literacy Champion Grants Announced

Due to a tremendous response, another RFP has now been issued for up to $50,000 to further support family literacy programming with funding from the Central New York Community Foundation. The deadline for grant application submission is January 17, 2014 at 4pm. To learn more, go to the Grants Section of the Literacy Coalition's website at www.onliteracy.org for instructions and application form.

Summer Learning Day 2013

Previous winners were announced at our Read Across America celebration last March at Syracuse's Mundy Branch Library, with Literacy Corps volunteer Alex Mandry cutting the birthday cake for Dr. Seuss. Photo credit: Scott Schild / Post-Standard.

A rich variety of family literacy programming has been offered by our Literacy Champions over the years, including: Catholic Charities; Child Care Solutions; Children's Consortium; Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo; InterFaith Works; Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse; Onondaga County Public Library; Northside Learning Center; Syracuse City School District; and WCNY. We salute all of our Literacy Champions and thank each of them for their passionate work on behalf of the children and their families in our community.

Summer Learning Day 2013

Summer Learning Day 2013

The Stories of the Season was all about the children, here's (L-R) Logan Englund, Ruthie Niver, Brady Niver, Riley Niver, Reese Niver, Carter Englund. Photo Credit: Marilyn Higgins.


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