After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind.
The second annual "Share A Story" contest sponsored by The Courier-Journal celebrated four winning young authors and resulted in 12,000 donated books distributed to participants at five local libraries Saturday to promote literacy in Louisville.
The book drive that began Sept. 1 culminated in events held Saturday morning at four branches of the Louisville Free Public Library and at the Jeffersonville, Indiana library. The literacy campaign took place on "Make A Difference Day," the "largest national day of community service," according to USA WEEKEND magazine, which founded the event more than two decades ago.
Illiteracy matters in Kentucky, where an estimated 60 percent of children enter grade school lacking sufficient reading skills, Courier-Journal publisher Wes Jackson said in an interview. Jackson read to children and celebrated with two of the four contest winners and 130 children and their parents and caregivers at the Louisville Free Public Library's newly opened branch at 9725 Dixie Highway. Winning stories will be published by The Courier-Journal, he added.
WESLACO — Rio Grande Valley school districts and higher education institutions have signed an agreement to move forward on joint mathematics and English courses aimed at students at risk of not graduating from high school — a regional achievement officials said was unprecedented across Texas.
I only met Judith Kitchen once. It’s my loss. Kitchen, who died last week at 73 of cancer, was a rare spirit, both on the page and in the world. Teacher, essayist, critic, she and her husband and partner Stan Rubin ran the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where I spent a couple of days last year visiting.