Team member and retired educator Donald Black stated at the beginning of the meeting that reading is the root of all education. That comment briefly sums up the reason for the CLCP effort.
Donna Giles is the team chairman. She talked about the current status of community survey, which is an element of the CLCP application to the state agency.
The goal of CLCP is to improve the literacy rate in communities by 50 percent plus one within 10 years.
Improving literacy equates to more people working and better jobs for those already employed. The effort is designed to boost a community’s quality of life as well as its economy.
Giles said the surveys have been approved by School Superintendent William Mathews, and introducing the program to school principals is the next move. The chairman said the school systems’ monthly principals meeting would provide an opportunity to speak to them at one time.
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