Planting Seeds for Reading
As we near the end of our 23rd year of service to this community, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and how thankful I am for our three new employees – Brandy McElroy, program director; Kathryn Buckley, education director; and Carol Waldroop, program coordinator.
These three ladies have immersed themselves into the heart and soul of this organization. With their outstanding experience, impressive credentials, and tons of energy, they’re most impressive. Brandy and Kathryn have epitomized what it means to work as part of a team, happily dedicating themselves to their jobs and to the children of the Literacy Council. Carol, whose base in is Franklin, has singlehandedly wrangled 25 volunteer tutors (and is aspiring for 50) for our new Franklin-area Schools Tutoring Remediation program.
December is a fun month here at the council. The Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade gives us the chance to stroll through our beautiful downtown and distribute books to children. Last year, thanks to our partner, First Book National Book Bank, and a children’s book grant from the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, we handed out 750 books! This year, we are doing things a little differently. Rather than handing books out along the parade route (which is a very difficult task, I assure you), we will have a table set up at town square so children can come by and choose a book. Be sure to bring your little ones out to enjoy the festivities on December 5th!
Also in December is a family literacy event based on the book “The Nutcracker” for kindergarten through third graders, to be held December 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. The evening’s festivities include food, reading tips, and activities for the family. All children will receive a book and other special treats. Word on the street is that there may even be an appearance by Santa himself! Spaces are limited, so call (828) 526-0863 or e-mail Brandy at [email protected] to make your reservation today!