First Lady Jane Beshear will travel across the state as a part of the fourth annual Kentucky Literacy Celebration Week March 17-21. Mrs. Beshear will participate in various activities to commemorate this statewide celebration focused on improving literacy levels for all Kentuckians.
Lady Jane Beshear will stop by Carr Elementary in Fulton on Monday, March 17, for a school assembly at 12:45 p.m. to highlight literacy initiatives within the Fulton Independent School District.
The Kentucky Literacy Celebration was created by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) and First Lady Jane Beshear. Established by legislation in 1998, CCLD’s mission is to promote literacy and address the diverse needs of all learners through professional development for Kentucky educators and research that informs policy and practice. The celebration intends to highlight literacy in Kentucky, celebrate the accomplishments and focus on the challenges we still face as a state.
“Our Commonwealth has made great strides in recent years,” said Mrs. Beshear. “However, we still have a long way to go to increase literacy at all levels and must work on both state and local levels to promote literacy not only as an education tool, but to stay competitive in the 21st century workforce.”
Governor Steve Beshear shared the relationship between literacy and the economy. “Each year, illiteracy costs U.S. businesses $225 billion in lost productivity. In Kentucky, we’re making the effort to improve the statistics and boost literacy levels across the state by putting an emphasis on increased reading in early childhood, elementary and secondary education and for adults.”
Additional Kentucky Literacy Celebration partners include the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Education Association, and the Kentucky Reading Association.
Mrs. Beshear will visit additional literacy related activities across the state throughout the week. Individuals and entities may get involved. To learn more about the Kentucky Literacy Celebration and events, please visit http://www.kentuckyliteracy.org/celebrate. CCLD is a collaboration among the eight state public universities and the National Center for Family Literacy. This unique center is housed and operated by the University of Kentucky College of Education.