SRC, Inc. Sponsors 100 Children in Imagination Library
Inc., a North Syracuse-based national research and
development company has agreed to sponsor 100 children in the Imagination
Library for one year. According to SRC, formerly known as the Syracuse
Research Corporation, "We think this program dovetails well with our
Say Yes and other education-related initiatives to make a positive
impact on inner city youth and to reverse the cycle of poverty."
Imagination Library, which distributes
free books to eligible children each
month until their fifth birthday, has been a resounding success on
Syracuse's Northside. After only 6 months in operation, we now have
679 children enrolled and 2,697 age-appropriate books distributed.
Thanks to a growing number of partners such as the Central New York
Community Foundation, United Way's Success by Six, St. Joseph's Hospital,
Clear Channel, the Allyn Foundation and Le Moyne College, the Syracuse-area
Imagination Library is shaping up to be a shining example of what a
community-wide push toward early literacy can achieve.
"We are very
proud that SRC has made this commitment
to support our efforts and further demonstrate their incredibly generous
investment in our community across the lifespan. Our deepest thanks
to SRC President Bob Roberts and his team for their leadership and
challenge others to follow SRC's example," said Virginia Carmody, Executive
Director, Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.
Currently, the program
is serving children in two Northside
zip codes, 13203 and 13208 (with plans to expand to the Westside next).
As part of the state-designated North Literacy Zone, these zip codes
represent one of the neediest Syracuse neighborhoods in the crucial
area of school-readiness - nearly half of the children from these zones
have historically entered school without being ready to read. Such
deficits can place children at a scholastic disadvantage for years
to come. Early literacy has been proven to be a reliable indicator
of a child's future success. As such, the Literacy Coalition, Imagination
Library, and our community partners are hoping to help lay the bedrock
upon which the future learning of Syracuse's children will be built.
(Excerpts from above taken from Smart Giving, the Central
New York Community Foundation's Fall 2010 Newsletter).
Yeah Baby! Let's Read! Imagination Library Photo Contest
To all our Imagination Library families - you
are your child's first and most important teacher. It also sounds too
simple to be true but reading regularly with a child during their preschool
years is the single most important activity to prepare them for school.
encourage all families to read to their
children daily by showing us the many ways it's done! To do so, we're
announcing the Yeah Baby! Let's Read! Imagination Library Photo
Send us photos of your family members reading one of their favorite
Imagination Library books and enter to win a $100.00 gift certificate.
We've already heard
that Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Dr. Maryann
Cusimano Love has been very popular with our families. According to
the author, "Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children -
that they will play and explore, learn and grow. That they will experience
life's many wonders and persevere through its many challenges. That
they will one day leave the protection of home and go off into the
world - strong, happy, knowing that they are always loved."
inspire the mind, touch the heart and
help prepare your child for school. Your photos can also help express
your hopes and dreams for your child too! Submit your digital photos,
which will be showcased in our community and featured on our website,
e-newsletter and facebook page, before December 31, 2010 for a chance
Just go to www.onliteracy.org/imagination-library for more information on submitting your
photos and enter to win our photo contest.
You may also contact us at email@example.com or
428-8129. We're really looking forward
to seeing your photos!
Statewide NYS Literacy Zone Summit Held in Syracuse
Robert Purga, Supervisor NYS Department of Education
with Syracuse City School
District Adult Education Coordinator Kathryn
Lent (left) and Syracuse
Literacy Zones Facilitator Valerie Dorfer (right) at the NYS 2010
Literacy Zone Summit.
The 2nd Annual NYS Literacy Zone Summit was held here in
Syracuse at the Double Tree Hotel (Carrier
Circle) on September 28 and 29, 2010. Our County Executive Joanie Mahoney
welcomed participants and the Summit provided us all with a wonderful
opportunity to see what is happening at Literacy Zones across the State
and to highlight the progress that has been made at our two Literacy
Zones here as well.
Literacy Zones, a "Made in New York" reform initiative
developed by the NYS Board of Regents and the NYSED, are intended to
provide a systemic focus on meeting the literacy needs of communities,
from birth through adult. Of the 18 designated Literacy Zones across
the State, two are here in Syracuse (North and West).
At the Summit,
Robert Purga, Supervisor, NYSED Adult
Education and Workforce Development team,
was recognized for his dedication and
commitment to adult literacy, and for
the opportunity he has made available
to families in all parts of New York
State through his vision of Literacy
Zones. And, the NYSED Literacy Zone's
website was also unveiled. Take a look
at www.nys-education-literacy-zones.org and learn more about the LZ
Summit 2010 as well.