The Family Literacy Committee focuses awareness on early childhood literacy, reading for pleasure at all ages, and the importance of literature in the home. The committee implements several projects throughout the year to encourage reading and to develop lifelong learners.
The council also supports the local Calhoun/Gordon County Library with donations for the Summer Reading Program, special projects, and more. Funding to provide a cart of laptop computers was provided by the council. The laptops are used for technology literacy classes offered by the library.
Family Literacy Month
November is National Family Literacy Month. Our local council sponsors several activities during November to help celebrate the event. The Family Literacy Committee compiles a calendar of literacy/reading activites for the month of November. These calendars are distributed to local schools and also printed in the local newspaper, The Calhoun Times. The Dictionary Project (see below) is also an activity we sponsor during November.
Every year, the council purchases and distributes dictionaries to all third grade students in Gordon County Schools, Calhoun City Schools, and local private schools. Students are encouraged to take these home for reference.
Stay In School Tee-Shirt Project
All fifth graders in the city and county schools receive a "Stay In School" Tee shirt. A design contest, based on a given theme, is held in the spring among fourth graders to determine the design for the upcoming school year.
Read Across America Week
The Family Literacy Committee donates books to pre-school and elementary media centers each year during "Read Across America Week." This annual celebration is held in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday the week of March 2nd.