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Summer Reading Program Awards Presented At ‘Dream Big – Read!’ Event

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC) recent “Dream Big: Read,” event at Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton, was also host to awards for the Oswego County Library Council (OCLC) and Assemblyman William Barclay’s summer reading programs, it was announced by Jon Spaulding, president of the LCOC Leadership Council.

”Our event was a great success and very well attended by students, families and providers,” Spaulding said. “This was the perfect occasion to present these awards.”

Assemblyman William Barclay, 124th District, (second from left), draws one of the winners in the Oswego County Library Council’s summer reading program at the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s recent Dream Big – Read event in Fulton. Assisting him are Jennifer Cook, (left), his chief of staff and co-chair of the event; Nelson Metz, Oswego County Employment and Training, who served as event emcee; and Betty Maute, (far right) director, Fulton Public Library.

The top ten readers for Assemblyman Barclay’s program and each participating library were entered into a drawing for a $10 VISA gift card. The winners were: Destiny Schneider, Fulton, Barclay program winner; Wes Kimball-Salzman, Cogswell Free Library, Orwell; Bella Maliszewski, Fulton Public Library; Sean Mason, Hannibal Free Library; Joseph Boulais, Mexico Public Library; Abigail Chamberlain, Oswego Public Library; Haylie Dodge, Phoenix Public Library, Maggie Eisel, Pulaski Public Library; and Ellie Woods, Williamstown Public Library.

Some of the students who participated in the Oswego County Library Council and Assemblyman Will Barclay’s summer reading programs were on-hand for prize drawings at the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s recent Dream Big – Read event at Fairgrieve School, Fulton. The students are gathered around one of two sets of 3-ft. tall wooden letters that spell R-E-A-D and were created by the CNY Arts Center and built by
Oswego County BOCES students. Each letter is brightly painted with messages and symbols about the joys of reading. The letters were designed and painted by artist Ken Blount. CNY Arts Center artists Bonnie McClellan, Leslie Paice and Diamond Chapman collaborated with Blount on painting.

Adelaide McEachen, a kindergarten student from Fulton, won the grand prize: a Nook e-reader donated by Steve Chirello Advertising, Fulton. The grand prize was drawn from among the top 10 readers who participated. “Adelaide is not only of our best readers, “ said Betty Maute, director, Fulton Public Library, “But her mom, Kim, volunteers at our library during story hours and contributes time, effort, ideas and supplies for making story hours special.”

Co-chairs of the event were Jennifer Cook, LCOC event committee chair and chief of staff for Assemblyman Barclay; and Jeanne Cieszeski of Fulton.

Among the providers for the event were: 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; Fulton School District GED; NY State Assemblyman Will Barclay; Oswego County Health Dept.; local police and fire departments; and more.”

“The goal of The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” Spaulding said. “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; and Oswego County Library Council.

Other Leadership Council supporters include: NYS Education Department; NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie 48th District; Oswego City School

District; Oswego County Administrator; 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; CNY Arts Center, 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.

In addition, several local school districts support the coalition to address illiteracy within their student populations, Spaulding said.

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