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Saturday, September 12 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Turning Leaders in your Community into Literacy Champions at your School sponsored by Kids Read Now

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This session will focus on identifying community partners and sponsors, how to engage with them, and how to build a sustainable community network to support literacy efforts at the school. We will offer tools and other materials to help schools explain the literacy crisis to their community and open the doorways to creating an engaged community with the mission to focus on literacy as a lifelong, vital skill.

We'll break down how to show community leaders “What's in it for me?” and why they should join on your mission and become champions for your cause. By tying in relevant studies of literacy and how it affects the economic outcomes in a region, participants will learn the real cost of illiteracy within their community. They will be better prepared to be able to educate their community leaders that the path to a strong community starts with literacy.

We will provide real world examples of projects in action and will include a breakout activity where participants can use what they learned throughout the presentation to come up with their own community engagement plan focused on literacy.


Casey Wente and Rachel Benedict

Outreach Support Specialist and Community Engagement Manager, Kids Read Now
Casey: This is my 3rd summer at Kids Read Now. I come from the banking world, where I felt an immense connection to my community and desire to "help" the people within it. Founder Leib Lurie was one of those community members. As I learned about KRN and their mission, I knew I wanted... Read More →

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Saturday September 12, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
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