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The impact of COVID-19 continues to result in adults struggling to find employment and students working to transition to virtual learning. As a result, the requests for our services has continued to grow.
More than ever, our community members are reaching out for help to improve their own literacy skills. As many adults juggle being both parent and teacher, they recognize that in order to help their own kids with school, they need help themselves.
We hope you’ll join us this fall for #ReadingIsPower, a virtual fundraiser to support literacy programs in Muskegon County.
With your support, we can unlock the unique potential in each of our learners and build stronger, healthier families, workplaces, and communities.
The Read Muskegon Impact
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Looking for some fall fun, while making a difference? Download our interactive activities below, and get reading! You’ll have a chance to win prizes to local businesses, too. Check out our event instructions for more information.
The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others have shocked and outraged people around the world. Sadly, these are just three names among thousands. At Read Muskegon, our board and staff stand united in condemning the systemic racism that allowed these killings to occur and that has silenced the voices of so many.
Literacy has long been used as a method of social control and oppression. Anti-literacy laws were put in place in the early 1800’s specifically making it illegal to teach slaves to read. Why were they so concerned about slaves learning to read? Because with this skill, slaves could access information through newspapers and books. They could understand their rights and organize against oppression. Slave owners wanted to keep their slaves uneducated because they understood that literacy represents power. Today, the lingering impact of these laws still surges through our black communities as they struggle disproportionately with illiteracy.
At Read Muskegon, our commitment is to ensure that every single person in Muskegon County has the opportunity to learn to read to the very best of their ability. That commitment has never stopped. But, in light of where we find our country today, it is more important than ever that we work side by side with our community partners to make sure that literacy is never a barrier but rather a powerful means to an impactful life. We will continue to use our platform, our knowledge, and our resources to be part of the solution to addressing systemic racism.
Read Muskegon Literacy Collaborative Convening
Thursday, March 26th, 9:00 -11:30
Hilt Building, 425 W. Western Ave, Muskegon
There is a literacy crisis in Muskegon County
and it is time to take dramatic, focused action to combat it.
Join us on March 26th –
- Official release of findings from NCFL’s research
- Updates from our first three Action Teams: Steering Committee, Public Awareness & Integrated Continuum of Services
- Partner Networking & Marketplace: an opportunity to share ideas, form new action teams, and find out how you can be part of the change.
If you are interested in sharing relevant information during the Marketplace or have questions about the collaborative please contact Melissa Moore. firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-830-5539
Read Muskegon Literacy Collaborative Steering Committee
- Karen Blackledge – Muskegon Area District Libraries
- LaTonya Beene – United Way
- Tammy Britton – Talent 2025
- Jane Clingman-Scott – Community Advocate
- Jim Fisher – Second Act
- Liz Garman – Baker College
- DJ Hilson – Muskegon County Prosecutor
- Jill Irwin – White Lake Community Education – Early Childhood
- Logan Jensen – Mercy Health/CHIR
- Cynthia Langlois – Muskegon Community College
- Carl Lewis – Goodwill
- Amy Moore – Community Foundation for Muskegon County
- Melissa Moore – Read Muskegon
- Kathy Rohlman – West MI Works!
- Michelle Wahlberg – MAISD Literacy Coach
- Pat Walstra – Region 4 Adult Education
- Jonathan Wilson – DTE Energy/Read Muskegon Board Chair
- Holly Windram – Michigan Reading Corps
- Joe Zappocosta – Hackley Library