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Literacy Coalition News
November/December 2018


Help us Inspire a Love of Reading! 

Do you remember sitting on your mother’s lap as a child, being held and listening to her voice as she reads a story? Can you recall your favorite storybook and the characters that made it come alive?
If you can, you know that there was so much more going on in those sweet moments than just the story at hand. You were learning about the world around you, expanding your vocabulary, building your brain, and maybe most important of all, you were being loved. The act of reading with a child is a loving one.  

We now have more than 15,000 children from birth to kindergarten in Onondaga County receiving their very own Imagination Library book at home each month, but we won’t stop there. Help us put books in the hands of even more of our families. We all want more children to enter school ready to learn to read, more children to enter 3rd grade on reading level, and more children graduating from high school. It all starts with a book.  

This holiday season, please consider giving just ONE more child a year of books for only $30 at www.onliteracy.org. Whatever you can give, remember that when you give a book, your gift can change the course of a child’s life. And that’s a loving thing to do.

Community Foundation Commits More than $2 Million to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

The Central New York Community Foundation announced today that it will be investing more than $2 million over four years to help end childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse. Its new LeadSafeCNY initiative will fund a variety of approaches to address the region’s alarming childhood lead poisoning rates. According to the Onondaga County Health Department, more than 11 percent of Syracuse children tested in 2017 were shown to have elevated blood lead levels.

“In our view, lead poisoning undermines all of the other investments we have been making around such issues as literacy and academic achievement, said Peter Dunn, Community Foundation president and CEO . Towards that end, you will see us deploy the full range of resources – from grants to impact investments, convening to public policy advocacy – to make measurable change on lead poisoning in the coming years.”

The Community Foundation will focus its initial efforts in and near two Syracuse census tracts that were found in 2017 to have the highest blood lead levels in children. Learn more »

Election Results May Be Significant for Adult Literacy

The recent elections have once more ushered in some significant changes at the federal, state, and local levels. These changes may be significant for the adult literacy field and possible funding levels, as well as literacy program enhancements.

At the federal level, the major change is the switch from a Republican-controlled to a Democratic controlled House. The more direct impact for our field will be the new chair of the House Education and Workforce committee.

At the state and local level, there are additional changes that, in general, may impact adult literacy support. Given the broad bipartisan nature of our issue, we are hopeful these efforts will continue to result in increasing support for adult literacy.  Learn more »

Best wishes to everyone for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season filled with your favorite stories too!
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