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ProLiteracy VP Remembers Barbara Bush's Efforts to Promote Literacy

Apr 19, 2018
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Senior Vice President Peter Waite of ProLiteracy from Syracuse is recalling the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush who worked tirelessly to ensure that people could have better lives.  Bush died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Waite says that Bush was a stellar promoter of adult and family literacy long before her time in the White House.  They met in 1982.

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Data collected by a team of local researchers concludes an experiment of sorts launched about five years ago by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County seems to be working…and very well.  In 2010, the coalition and its many community partners started enrolling select Syracuse children in a program that sent books to their homes in hopes of starting good reading habits with parents. 

   It’s called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Dr.  Jeff Craig is Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support at OCM BOCES.

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ProLiteracy and LiteracyCNY are teaming up to create a mentoring program for adults wishing to take the high school equivalency exam. Their new program, called “Buddy Up,” seeks to create a corps of highly-trained volunteers to support 225 low-income, underserved youth and young adults studying for the exam.