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Celebrate Literacy Month at the Community Literacy Summit September 19.

Celebrate Literacy Month at the Community Literacy Summit September 19.

Posted: 09-11-2012

September is Literacy Month and LINC will be getting involved by participating in the Community Literacy Summit on September 19th!

Many people would be astonished to learn that about 22 percent of adults in Kent County can’t read. That is why the Literacy Center of West Michigan is working to bring people and organizations together to share best practices and brainstorm new ideas to improve the literacy rate. The summit, which they are hosting at Grand Valley’s Eberhard Center, will be a full day of networking, workshops, and speakers in an effort to connect professionals and others who want to improve literacy for all ages in West Michigan.

The summit will have two incredible keynote speakers, the Hon. Barbara O’Brien and Anneshia Freeman. Both speakers have remarkable credentials in terms of reading, education, and literacy, and will be sharing their experiences and inspiration. Most of the day will be broken up into different workshops on a wide range of topics related to literacy, from fundraising to the digital divide to ESL.

This event is a part of the center’s Community Literacy Initiative. The initiative was launched last year to build a coalition of professionals, agencies, residents, and anyone who is interested in improving literacy rates in our communities. Attendees at the summit will be able to learn more about the CLI, as well as hear about the successes they have had in the Central and West Believe 2 Become Hope Zones.

LINC will be represented as a community partner, and we hope you will put it in your calendar, too. Anyone who attends the summit is sure to come away from it overflowing with new ideas, as well as with a renewed and stronger passion to improve literacy rates in Kent County.

For more information, contact the Literacy Center’s Community Liaison Lindsay McHolme at 616.459.5151 or email .