Literacy Coalition of Oswego County Names Facebook Page ‘Like Us’ Winner

Mary Bennett of Mexico was the first winner in The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s (LCOC) Facebook® “likes” contest, it was announced by Jon Spaulding, president of the LCOC Leadership Council.

The page, which was created by Jennifer Cook, LCOC member and aide to Assemblyman Will Barclay, can be accessed at: or type “Literacy Coalition of Oswego County” in the search box.

Mary Bennett of Mexico was the first winner in The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s (LCOC) Facebook® contest for being among the first 500 people to “like” the LCOC page. Here, Mary receives her $50 gift card to the river’s end bookstore from Owner Bill Reilly. LCOC will draw for a second $50 gift card winner in the future as more “likes” are generated.” Joining Bennett and Riley are, from left: LCOC Leadership Council members Paul Gugel, Oswego Count BOCES and Susan Coultrap-McQuinn, SUNY Oswego; Beth Abbott, Bennett’s daughter; Bennett and Reilly; and LCOC Leadership Council members Carol Ferlito, Oswego Public Library; and Beth Hilton, executive director, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The page can be accessed at: or type “Literacy Coalition of Oswego County” in the search box.

“Mary won for being among the first 500 ‘likes’ on our page. She received the first of two $50 gift cards from the river’s end bookstore,” Spaulding said. “We are grateful to river’s end Owner Bill Reilly for donating one of the cards.

Another winner will be chosen in the future as more ‘likes’ are generated.

“To support our efforts free ads and ad space have been donated by and

“We believe this page will help us gain greater visibility and support for our mission: 100% literacy through 100% community engagement. Several members of the LCOC leadership council have volunteered to assist in administering the page and keep it updated with information on resources, services and special events in which LCOC is involved.”

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 and click on the literacy coalition link.

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