County literacy leaders recognized

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

 Four individuals and three organizations were recently honored for their support of adult literacy efforts at a recognition event hosted by the Franklin County Literacy Council (FCLC). The third annual Literacy Leaders Breakfast was held Sept. 13 at Bonanza Restaurant and included a presentation by Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane proclaiming September as Literacy Month.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Chambersburg, received this year's honors as a faith-based program for work in the English as second language program. Janet Berry, Anne Gale and Cheryl Stearn, who work in the Trinity program, were recognized with Volunteer Leader awards.

Dan May, general manager of the Chambersburg Mall, accepted the Business Leader award in recognition of the assistance mall management has provided on many community-wide literacy events including hosting the recent Literacy Carnival. Dore Diehl, mall office manager, was also recognized during the presentation.

Eric Mandell, coordinator of the Franklin County Migrant Education program, received the Educator Award for his work in providing high quality literacy programs and collaboration for English language learners. The Lincoln Intermediate (LIU) 12 Migrant Education program, led by Suzanne Benchoff, was honored as this year's Educational Leader.

The special guest speaker was FCLC adult learner Christina Shields. Shields shared her personal story of her literacy journey. She praised the work of the FCLC in helping her earn her GED and improving her employment situation. Attendees also heard from Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County, as she presented findings from Franklin County Prosperity Report, a collaborative venture that focuses on quality of life issues in Franklin County such as access to education, health and financial stability for families.

The mission of the Franklin County Literacy Council is to provide free literacy services to residents and to assist residents in the pursuit of life goals through the advancement of literacy. Services are provided free of cost to the student and include: 1:1 tutoring, basic literacy instruction, GED preparation, English as a second language services, employability training and computer literacy instruction. Volunteer tutors and prospective students are welcomed year-round. Call FCLC at 717-504-4459 for details.

The Franklin County Literacy Council operates as an extension of Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12. LIU partners with school districts and agencies to deliver the highest quality of education for students, staff and communities