The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC), is hosting a free literacy event, “Dig Into Reading,” Noon to 3:00 p.m. , Sept. 21, at Mexico Elementary School, 26 Academy St., it was announced by Jeanne Cieszeski, event planning team chairperson.
“The event promises to be a wonderful celebration of literacy and the joy of reading for all ages—from pre-school through adults,” Cieszeski said. “There will be a multitude of activities for families throughout the day. Among these are face painting, craft projects, The Cat In the Hat and Things 1 & 2 characters, local authors, door prizes and the ARISE Unique Art Exhibit.
“A number of education provider booths will echo the event theme: ‘Dig Into Reading.’ Special library cards will be provided to anyone who attends so that they can get them stamped at each booth. Anyone who visits all the education provider booths can enter to win door prizes. Among the providers are: Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County (LVOC); Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Headstart; Oswego County Workforce NY; Oswego County Library Council; ARISE; Cayuga Community College; SUNY OSWEGO; Oswego County BOCES; Oswego County Cooperative Extension; 4H: Mexico Library: Mexico schools: AmeriCorps: United Healthcare, Oswego County Family Court, Fulton City School District GED; NY State Assemblyman Will Barclay; Rural Health Network; and more.”
In addition, children from around the county have been participating in local summer reading programs of the same name and the top ten from each program will be invited to attend this event, Ciezeski said.
“The goal of The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Jon Spaulding, coalition chairperson. “The Coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”
The LCOC is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations.
These organizations work together to address the literacy needs of people of all ages.
Members of the LCOC Leadership Council include: Alliance Bank; Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District; Cayuga Community College; Chirello Advertising, City of Fulton; City of Oswego; Constellation Energy; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; Eastern Shore Associates; Entergy Nuclear Northeast; Fulton City School District; Fulton Family YMCA; Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County; Operation Oswego County; Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network.
Other Leadership Council supporters include: NYS Education Department; NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie 48th District; Oswego City School
District; Oswego County Administrator Phil Church; Oswego County BOCES; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Oswego County Legislature; Oswego County Opportunities; Oswego County Workforce Development Board; Oswego Family County Family Court Judge Kimberly Seager; Oswego Health; Oswego Public Library; Oswego YMCA; Pathfinder Bank; Pulaski School District; State University of New York at Oswego; The Palladium-Times; United Way of Greater Oswego County; and the Wes Hyde Foundation.
An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative proficiencies.
Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).
In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth grade reading level. With the help of volunteers, donors and advocates, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County helps adults develop their basic literary skills.
For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link.