Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Creative Way to Promote Literacy

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “literacy”?  If you said “books”, you’re definitely not alone.  Books are definitely a huge part of improving literacy.  Getting people using them and reading is also key.  At the South Franklin Community Center we recently received a donation to combat illiteracy that took a more unconventional route.  A UVU Individual Action and Corporate Responsibility class received a literacy grant and chose the Community Center as its beneficiary.  Since the Community Center library has been stocked by the generous donations of individuals and groups over the past couple of years, the class decided to shift their focus from providing books to making reading fun.  With the grant they received, and help from store owners generously reducing the price of things they bought in an effort to support the cause, the class decided to furnish a “reading corner”.  Couches, a recliner, bean bags, area rugs, and motivational posters for the walls will all go towards creating a comfortable environment in the new building when it opens that makes reading enjoyable for the people who use the Community Center.  We greatly appreciate the gifts from that UVU class.

If you have any ideas about how you can help meet the needs of the South Franklin Community Center, please email us at southfranklin@unitedwayuc.org.       

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