Literacy is a common goal of both the Coalition for Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children.
Together, these organizations have explored various options to raise funds to support early literacy and education for young children so that they will be prepared for school success and later life endeavors. As a result these organizations hosted a community event in March 2014, a benefit auction, to enhance efforts in raising funds to support early literacy and kindergarten readiness. Approximately 250 residents attended and raised over $36,000.00.
During the event, there were four silent auctions and a live auction which included dinner with the Sheriff in jail. One of the prizes dealt out in one of the games included a cruise! The winners of the live auction, which was held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, were Mr. and Mrs. John Altenberger of Sanford. (seen pictured with Sheriff Carter)
The Coalition provides family support through numerous venues. One approach is a recently implemented and nationally recognized program, Raising A Reader, that helps families successfully build and sustain literacy practices in their homes. Additionally, the Coalition hosts Parents As Teachers, also a nationally recognized program that provides parents the necessary support to educate and care for their child during their preschool years.
Proceeds from the auction went towards the Raising a Reader and Parents as Teachers programs sponsored by the Coalition, as well as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library sponsored by the Partnership.
As Lyn Hankins, executive director of the Partnership for Children, so aptly points out: "Being able to read is, of course, very important for any child, and those first years are especially important."
Want to know how you can help or what future events they're having? Check their website!