Literacy Coalition Offers ‘Raising Kids Who Read’ Sessions

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County will host “Raising Kids Who Read” featuring author Daniel Willingham for three free presentations at the Oswego County Fair, August 12, Sandy Creek, it was announced by Carri Waloven, event chairperson.

“The 20-minute sessions are at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Entertainment Building at the fair and we are offering free bus transportation to the event and free children’s activities while parents are attending the sessions,” Waloven said. “Daniel Willingham’s book, ‘Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do,’ is the core of these presentations. The first 500 children will receive free backpacks with books and school supplies.”Raising-Kids-high-res4

Willingham and the book address why kids tend to lose interest in reading before adolescence.

He will provide practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts into adulthood. LCOC wants to foster a love of reading among families in Oswego County so that reading as a hobby becomes reading with a purpose.

The event is made possible in part with a grant LCOC received from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, and it ties into a year-long effort by LCOC to help encourage families to read.

For complete information on the Raising Kids Who Read sessions at the Oswego County Fair, visit the Literacy Coalition’s “Raising Kids Who Read” Facebook page.

In addition, Waloven can be contacted at 593-5782 or [email protected]

“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 Mike Egan, 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: NBT Bank; Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District; Cayuga Community College; Steve 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; CiTi; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Oswego County Legislature; Oswego County Opportunities; Oswego County Workforce Development Board; Oswego County Family Court Judge Kimberly Seager; Oswego Health; Oswego Public Library;Oswego YMCA; and Citi Bank.Literacy Coation logo-72 dpi rgb

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 literacy skills.

For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link, or find them on Facebook.