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Literacy Coalition News
July/August 2019

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Another SUPER Summer Learning Day!

Before summer winds down, we’d like to again thank all those that helped make our Annual Summer Learning Day another SUPER success. This year’s theme was "Super Readers to the Rescue" with the popular PBS character, Super Why!  In partnership with WCNY, Syracuse Mets, NY’s 529 College Savings Program and Destiny USA, we convened a community-wide celebration with thousands of children and their families attending about the importance of summer learning.

SUPER thanks to our event sponsors, including NBT Bank, Wegmans, Syracuse University, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Molina Healthcare and all of our community supporters– helping us to elevate the value of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy throughout the summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year ahead! Learn more »

Summer Learning at Local Libraries

Our libraries, all over Onondaga County, have provided a wide variety of free resources and reading challenges to keep kids engaged throughout the summer and help families stop the summer slide. With the 2019 theme of “A Universe of Stories," young minds are learning about our solar system, outer space, and delving into the realm of science fiction. Children continue to enjoy year-round fun in KidsSpace, an interactive learning and literacy center that is located on the 2nd Floor at the Central Library.

Just like playing a musical instrument or learning how to draw, if children don’t practice regularly, their academic skills will decline. Reading just 20 minutes a day can help children avoid the summer slide and keep them on track academically!

Did you know that students who don’t engage in continued learning in the summer lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement between academic years? This can lead to a cumulative effect that is a crisis in the making. Learn more »

All Write! Performance for Adult Learners 

This year’s production of All Write! in Syracuse was facilitated by Amy Thorna, Literacy Coordinator at the Onondaga County Public Library, and was made possible by the support of our Adult Education Roundtable and the Central New York Community Foundation, hosted at The Redhouse.

Watch this All Write! video produced by WCNY:

Symphony Space, a multi-disciplinary performing arts organization in New York City (NYC), created All Write!, a program that exposes adult students to educational opportunities through literacy, theater and creative forms of writing. What sets the program apart from others is how All Write! students are provided with the opportunity to create and witness their own writing performed on stage.

The program  provides a six-hour professional workshop for its adult literacy teachers to ensure they are up-to-speed on creating lessons for students learning ENL. Students collaborate together to write literary works in the forms of poems and short stories Then, All Write! brings NYC artists to perform the students’ works for their peers and other community members during live performances. Learn more »

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