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Community Literacy Initiative

Literacy Center of West Michigan moves into 2015 with new director

by (erictank)

Submitted 01-27-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has been fostering the advancement of literacy in and around Grand Rapids for over 25 years. A mostly volunteer supported initiative, the organization has been part of the fabric of West Michigan through its...

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Columbia scholar discovers power of student beliefs, passions to build literacy

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 10-06-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

When literacy is a means to a powerful end- such as liberation or equity- universal literacy can be achieved. This message from Dr. Ernest Morrell of Teachers College, Columbia University was directed to over 220 teachers, advocates, non-profit...

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Jared Rodriguez speaks to literacy advocacy

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 12-16-2013 under NONPROFITS

Jared Rodriguez, new Advisory Council co-chairperson to the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI), has a rich background of advocacy work in Grand Rapids and in the state of Michigan. Most recently, he founded and served as President of the West...

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Creative Youth Center empowers children to be published authors

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 08-03-2012 under NONPROFITS

Seven students between the ages of 5 and 11 years old gather around a miniature wooden table at Baxter Community Center. They pour themselves a glass of 2% reduced fat milk as they transition from school to their after school activity: creative...

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Kent County joins 120 communities nationwide in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 03-16-2012 under NONPROFITS

Kent County, under the umbrella of the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) of the Literacy Center of West Michigan, has joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The national campaign, spearheaded by United Way Worldwide, the National League of...

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Parents learn English to help their children in school

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 12-13-2011 under NONPROFITS

By Kristin Brace, Community Literacy Program Assistant When I walked into Dan Drust's classroom at Burton Elementary, I found a dozen women sitting around a trio of oblong tables intended for children. They had the aura of an extended family:...

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