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Literacy Coalition News
Nov/Dec 2016


Daniel Tiger Comes to Syracuse!

In partnership with WCNY, we're excited to invite the public to meet Daniel Tiger from the popular PBS Kids hit show “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,” at The World's Biggest Daniel Tiger Bedtime Story Read-Along, a free event to be held in the Destiny USA Canyon Area on Wednesday, January 18th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet Daniel Tiger!This is the kick-off of the Literacy Coalition's Stories of the Seasons, a new format of themed literacy events for families that align with each of the four seasons throughout the year. Guests will enjoy a story time led by actors from The Redhouse, cookies and milk, and greetings from Daniel Tiger! The first 500 children to attend the event will receive a free “Goodnight, Daniel Tiger” book and other free goodies. Thanks to the leadership support of WCNY, NBT Bank, Wegmans, Destiny USA, iHeartMedia and a growing list of event sponsors.

Pajamas are optional too! For more information, visit wcny.org/events or call us at 428-8129.

New York State's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities Annual Meeting

In partnership with the Central New York Community Foundation, we hosted a day-long annual gathering on November 4th for all those communities across New York State actively engaged in the nationally-led Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild, Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Network Communities Support Center, provided us with a national update.

The 2016 convening was an opportunity to network, gain professional development, and work towards state-wide strategies. We had an exciting and diverse set of regional and national early childhood experts and facilitators this year that led the group in conversations around this year's cohort identified themes of Building Strategic Partnerships – Locally and Statewide; Parent Engagement; National Campaign Updates and Data for Measurable Progress; and Funder Collaborations.

Each community was also asked to nominate key partners or MVP's (Most Valuable Partners) for each of our focus areas and we were proud to announce the following:

  • School Readiness: Laurie Black, Early Childhood Alliance
  • Summer Learning: Susan Mitchell, Onondaga County Public Library
  • Chronic Absence: Linda Mulvey, Syracuse City School District
  • Parent Engagement: Debbie Stack, WCNY
  • Adult Education: Ron Boxx, Visions for Change
  • More Hopeful Futures: Katie Bronson, Home HeadQuarters (Green & Healthy Homes Initiative)
  • Data/Evaluation: Stephanie Pasquale, City of Syracuse

Our on-going work would not be possible without extraordinary community partners, including those in the above MVP list. We also want to acknowledge and thank the Campaign for enabling Cynthia O'Connor and Corinne Ribble from Apter & O'Connor to provide our communities with invaluable support and guidance as we promote reading proficiency as a unifying goal. Learn more about the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading »

SCSD Student Named Adult Education 'Student of the Year'

Junior Alphanso Powell

Clare Pietra (his teacher), Junior Alphanso Powell, his wife, and Kathy Lent, Coordinator, Adult and Continuing Education at the SCSD.

The New York Association for Continuing/Community Education has named SCSD Adult Education student Junior Alphanso Powell as an Outstanding Adult Student Award Recipient for 2016! Junior came to the U.S. from Jamaica in 2011 and has since obtained his High School Equivalency as well as a NYS licensed security guard certification. He was nominated for the award by instructor Clare Pietra and was recognized at an award celebration in Albany.

Read Ms. Pietra's nomination essay and learn more about his journey to success »

Best wishes to everyone for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season filled with your favorite stories too!

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