OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ In 1961, he graduated college; by 1979, he had taught 17 years of high school English; in the early 1980s he made $50 million dollars in real-estate development – all this before he learned to read. Literacy advocate and author John Corcoran will be sharing his story at Literacy Volunteers of Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (LOVC) 25th anniversary dinner on Wed., Sept. 30.
Corcoran, author of the books Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Teacher Who CouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ReadÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Bridge to LiteracyÃ¢â‚¬Â, also founded the John Corcoran Foundation to help raise awareness about the importance of literacy.
Jane Murphy, Executive Director of LVOC said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very fortunate to have John Corcoran, a nationally renowned author and literacy advocate, as the speaker at our 25th Anniversary Celebration. He is a true inspiration and a true champion of literacy.Ã¢â‚¬Â By sharing his story, Corcoran hopes to spread the message that Ã¢â‚¬Å“it is never too late to learn how to read.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sponsors of this event include SUNY Oswego, Rotary District 7150, Oswego Noontime Rotary Club, Fulton Noontime Rotary Club, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, Steve Chirello Advertising, and Fulton Teachers Association. Media sponsors are The Palladium-Times, Oswego County Weeklies, and OswegoCountyToday.com. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The tremendous support of community members is priceless,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Murphy.
LVOCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s special 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Wed., Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Foundry, Oswego. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner. Corcoran will be autographing books at the event and at 4:30 p.m. at the rivers end bookstore for those who cannot attend the dinner.
For more information on this event or about LVOC, contact the LVOC office at 315-342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org.
LVOC is an agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.