September 8th is International Literacy Day, and Florida Governor Charlie Crist has again extended his support by signing a proclamation recognizing September as Florida Adult & Family Literacy Month.
The Florida Literacy Coalition is again partnering with the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Parks Service to recognize and celebrate this worthy cause. However, we’ve added an extra element to the partnership this year – five regional community events to promote adult and family literacy. These events will take place at state parks in the following cities:
- Tallahassee, Sept. 8 at Maclay Gardens. For more information call: (850) 245-9670.
- Jacksonville, Sept. 11 & 12 at Talbot Island State Park
- Apopka, Sept. 11 at Wekiwa Springs State Park
- Sarasota, Sept. 11 at Oscar Scherer State Park
- Hobe Sound, Sept. 11 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
These events are being organized by local planning committees comprised of area adult education and literacy programs, libraries, the parks and other community stakeholders.
Many of our literacy programs in areas other than those listed above are also celebrating Literacy Month! Click on the links below to learn more about additional literacy celebrations throughout Florida!
- Additional Literacy Month Events at Florida State Parks
- Adult Literacy League of Central Florida – Orlando
- Citrus County Library System – Homosassa
- Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County – Palm Beach
We hope you will attend one of the events referenced above to help recognize the importance of adult and family literacy in Florida. One in five Floridians is functionally illiterate. This means they cannot read their mail, complete a job application or read a book to a child. For more literacy stats, click here.
If you know of other Literacy Month celebrations, let us know about them in the comment section below.