On Sunday, March 9th the Florida State Seminoles hosted the Syracuse Orangemen for a big time ACC basketball game. With postseason play in sight, the stakes were high. The Seminoles were pushing hard for an NCAA bid while the Orangemen were out to solidify top billing in the upcoming tournament.

Although the Seminoles lost the game they scored a big win for literacy in Tallahassee. Kathy Hall, President of Leon County Reading Council, states, “Thanks to FSU, Coaching for Literacy and Rowe Roofing for supporting the LCRC with a generous donation. The donation was made possible through Coaching for Literacy’s Assistant Coach Program, enabling two ROWE Roofing members to support both literacy efforts and their Seminoles with a once in a lifetime all access experience.”

Coaching for Literacy seeks to partner with effective literacy programs nationwide through financial support, while raising awareness about the problems illiteracy cause in our communities. Like any good team CFL counts on the contributions of others to fight illiteracy. Special thanks to Florida State University, Leon County Reading Council, and Rowe Roofing for being such great teammates. We also want to specifically share our appreciation for the efforts of Shannon Bottini, 4th grade teacher at Gilchrist Elementary School and Stan Jones, Florida State Basketball Assistant Coach. Without their amazing willingness and work this event would not have taken place.

Below is information about the Leon County Reading Council from their president Kathy Hall. Read on and support Leon County Reading Council (LCRC).

The Leon County Reading Council is a non-profit volunteer organization that just concluded its 53rd year of service to the surrounding area. Our stakeholders are educators, pre-service teachers, local authors, parents, and students. Membership is open to everyone interested Literacy.

The 2013-2014 year included a Membership Party and Author Celebration on November 13, 2013.

Thanks to FSU, Coaching for Literacy and Rowe Roofing for supporting the LCRC with a generous donation.
— Kathy Hall, President of Leon County Reading Council

The Scripts Spelling Bee is one way LCRC serves the students in the surrounding area. On January 9, 2014, the LCRC held the Spelling Bee for our district Homeschool Students, Private School Students, and Public School Students with 32 schools represented. After winning this level of the Bee, the student progresses to a Regional Bee, and the final level in the National Bee in Washington, D.C.

Winners: Alternate and 1st runner-up from Trinity Catholic Middle School Julia F., Winner from Conely Elementary School Farzan S., and 2nd runner-up from Fairview Middle School Aman R.

Winners: Alternate and 1st runner-up from Trinity Catholic Middle School Julia F., Winner from Conely Elementary School Farzan S., and 2nd runner-up from Fairview Middle School Aman R.

LCRC sponsors the Annual Narrative Writing Contest in its 12th year. The rules, guidelines, rubrics and permission forms are all found On-line. Accompanying the Writing Contest, LCRC provides a venue for student writers to conference with published local authors about the writing pieces submitted to the contest.

LCRC keeps dues very low at $5 a member a year. We hold two fundraisers a year to have the resources to provide awards for the relevant literacy activities provided to the community. In November, we partner with Barnes and Noble for one weekend. On March 2nd or as close as possible to Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, we hold a fundraiser in partnership with our local Applebee’s.

We also work to support literacy globally and locally as the need is identified and need vetted. In the past we have supported Ronald McDonald House, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal ICU, local teachers with resources and grants and globally we are reaching out to help those who have few local resources.

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