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A Community Literacy Project

Literacy education advocacy isn’t always about politics. Sometimes it’s about starting a community literacy project right in your own backyard. We found this story by Christin Agee on NCTE’s Facebook feed when we asked what people were doing for Literacy Education Advocacy Month. Christin is a certified reading specialist who has taught special education for over 10 years.


book pages in the shape of a heartI always use the quote “It takes a village to raise a child” to describe my mission.  Teachers, parents, and community members must all come together to help guide and support our children.

This month, I wanted to focus on spreading the word about the importance of reading daily, but I soon realized one of the most important pieces might be missing, the books. I read about a local nonprofit that collects books and distributes them to local schools and children in need, so I decided to have a book drive and donate all the books to the organization.

With the help of social media, I have been able to post daily messages about reading for at least 15 minutes a day and about the book drive. As a tutor, I have also given parents handouts about reading at home daily.

My goal this month was to motivate our children to read more. I don’t want children to read because they have to read, I want them to be excited to get their hands on a new book.

For more information please see the following link: Facebook.com/shoreican07753