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Commission declares September 8 as "World Literacy Day" in Douglas County

Post Date: 
Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:45am

Office of the County Commission 
World Literacy Day

Douglas County, Kansas

WHEREAS, there are over 758 million adults, 15 years and older worldwide, who lack the literacy skills needed to obtain good jobs or to actively participate in the education of their children; and it is estimated that 67 million primary school aged children do not attend school and many more attend irregularly or are drop outs; and over 8% of the population in the state of Kansas and approximately 6% of the population of Douglas County over the age of 16 lack the ability to read or write.

WHEREAS, Altrusa International of Lawrence, Kansas, Inc., an organization of executive and professional women committed to community service, has pledged to work toward worldwide literacy; and

WHEREAS, the community of Lawrence has residents of all ages, in every neighborhood, who are functionally illiterate; and

WHEREAS, Altrusa International of Lawrence, Kansas, Inc. has implemented the ongoing Born to Read Project at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, providing a book to each newborn; provides 4 annual scholarships for women; supports New York Elementary School with volunteer reading companions and has implemented a partnership book club; provides educational software for youth and adults for our international project in Kenya; provides newspaper subscriptions to Health Care Access; has developed a caregiver lending library at Douglas County Senior Services; supports the Lawrence Public Library,  and thereby encourages reading and the promotion of life-long literacy for the residents of Lawrence;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, do hereby proclaim September 8th, 2016 as


and urges all citizens of this community to continue working together in addressing literacy needs in Lawrence and Douglas County.

ADOPTED this 7th day of September, 2016.