The Council will focus on reaching pre-kindergarten through primary grade students via its new “Get the Lead Out and Erase Illiteracy” campaign that enables it to deliver thousands of pencils and erasers to local students.
By adding new programs, the Council will reach every pre-k through middle school student in Calhoun and Gordon County at least once during the school year. Broader programs like library support, book donations and reading events will further expand its outreach. All of these programs will be accomplished without sacrificing the services it provides to the Adult Learning Center at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community is determined to be a clear and consistent presence in the educational experience of every young learner in Calhoun and Gordon County, so we are excited to build on our strong foundation. We will continue to sponsor a third grade dictionary distribution event as well as a fourth and fifth grade “Stay in School” tee shirt contest while increasing our outreach in 2012-2013,” said Jane Rierson, President of the Council and Director of Human Resources at Mannington Mills. “We will maintain our GRAD program, which promotes and rewards excellent school attendance while we continue to support teachers and schools by providing services and materials prohibited by current budget constraints.”
The program was launched with more than 12,000 pencils and erasers in hand, with contributions from: Mannington Mills, Beth & Company, Branch Banking and Trust, Century Bank, Downtown Calhoun, Edward Jones Financial Consultants Dewayne Bowen and Brian Burton, Family Savings Federal Credit Union, Gordon County College & Career Academy, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, Gordon Hospital, John Leggett, North Georgia National Bank, Office Depot and Winter & Scoggins, CPAs.
The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community seeks to increase family literacy, literacy awareness and adult literacy. It was recently designated a Jacket Trustee (the premier level of Partners in Education) by Calhoun City Schools and it works closely with county schools, public libraries and pre-schools. It partnered with Huddle House of Calhoun, owned by Gregg Hansen, and presented free breakfast events at the Calhoun City School Central Office and at Sonoraville Elementary.
The Council also supports a number of GED programs at the Adult Learning Center at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. It hosted an Open House at GNTC when the new Adult Learning Center opened and it sponsored the August 02, 2012 GED Graduation held at Trinity Baptist Church, as well as the catered reception that followed. It funded two scholarships for top GED Graduates C.J. Bray and Kim Eldridge. It sponsored the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Booster Breakfast on June 29, 2012, at which it presented GNTC with a check for the purchase of two overhead projector systems in the adult learning center.
Actively involved with all public libraries, it awarded a significant grant to the Fairmount Library for the purchase of an automated book cataloging system. Throughout the year, Council members also serve as volunteer readers in the libraries. Its efforts are increased during National Literacy Month, Family Literacy Month and Read Around America Week.
The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community is an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and a member agency of United Way of Gordon County.