Literacy Campaign Aims at Public Engagement

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Prominent San Diegans gathered to hear the San Diego Council on Literacy’s new Literacy 20/20 campaign and honor Drew Schlosberg with the Literacy Luminary Award. L-to-R: Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair, San Diego Council on Literacy Board Chair Michael Leake, Literacy Luminary Awardee Drew Schlosberg, philanthropist Bill Lynch, and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.

Prominent San Diegans gathered to hear the San Diego Council on Literacy’s new Literacy 20/20 campaign and honor Drew Schlosberg with the Literacy Luminary Award. L-to-R: Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair, San Diego Council on Literacy Board Chair Michael Leake, Literacy Luminary Awardee Drew Schlosberg, philanthropist Bill Lynch, and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.

San Diego Council on Literacy, the County’s leading provider of literacy services, unveiled plans for LITERACY 20/20, a new and broad-based five-year campaign to combat low literacy at its 22nd annual Chairman’s Circle event held December 10th at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

Drew Schlosberg received the Council’s Literacy Luminary Award, presented by community leader and philanthropist, William D. Lynch. For 20 years, Drew Schlosberg has been a resourceful and inspirational friend to the San Diego Council on Literacy. He has served on the Council’s Board of Directors and was central to the U-T Race for Literacy, of which the San Diego Council on Literacy was the beneficiary.

Guest speakers, Phil Blair, president and CEO of Manpower San Diego, and Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, talked about the need for LITERACY 20/20’s new and dedicated effort to improve literacy in San Diego and realize the civic and economic benefits of a literate society.

Over 120 guests included literacy benefactors, Jeanne Jones & Don Breitenberg, Judith Harris & Dr. Robert Singer, Mel & Linda Katz, Joyce Grosvenor, and Eric & Jenni Busboom; and business, education and community leaders: Judy McDonald (The Parker Foundation), Kathyln Mead (The San Diego Foundation), Susan Taylor (Scripps Health), Kevin Crawford (United Way), Janine Mason (The Fieldstone Foundation), Lindsay Langford (The Johnson Family Foundation), Peter Callstrom (San Diego Workforce Partnership), John Collins (Poway Unified School District), Tom Karlo (KPBS), Neville Billmoria (Mission Federal Credit Union), David Gilmore (LPA, Inc.), Ken Druck (Jenna Druck Foundation), Rocky Ewell (US Bank) & Rob Ewell (San Diego City College), Jay Hill and Megan Blair (San Diego Public Library Foundation), and Trevor Blair (Manpower).

As part of its assertive new LITERACY 20/20 campaign, the Council will directly engage elected officials, foundations, labor unions, and the general public in understanding the significance of literacy. For the first time, the San Diego Council on Literacy will act as the County’s leading advocate for literacy.

As a coalition of literacy organizations, the San Diego Council on Literacy helps provide after-school tutors, reading programs, reading materials, bookmobiles, health literacy trainings, and dozens of other programs to support literacy in San Diego County. The Council’s Affiliated Programs now serve more than 170,000 children and adults each year at no cost.

To learn more and to get involved, visit www.literacysandiego.org.

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