Troup County CLCP Names Inaugural Literacy Award Winners
March 03 2011
CLCP Literacy Award Winners (pictured L-R) Andy Fritchley (CLCP Board Chair with daughter Tatum Fritchley), Angeline Brooks, Ronnie Moffitt, Diane Harrell with Chloe Harrell, John Harrell, Polly Pitts and Debbie Burdette (Executive Director CLCP)
Polly Pitts, Angeline Brooks, Walmart Distribution Center and Chloe Harrell and her parents Diane and John Harrell were honored recently as recipients of the first annual Troup County CLCP Literacy Awards.
Presenting the awards, Andy Fritchley, Troup County CLCP Chairman said, “For more than 10 years, Troup County CLCP has worked to eliminate illiteracy. We have enjoyed countless success stories but none of them would have been possible without the many companies and individuals who have contributed their time and talents to be part of the Literacy Solution in Troup County. These honorees have proven their commitment to literacy through their extraordinary efforts and Troup CLCP is proud to recognize each of them with our inaugural Literacy Award.”
Polly Pitts serves as English language arts and writing academic coach for Troup County School System students in grades 6-12. She has been involved in implementing “Writing to Win” which weaves writing exercises into every subject, allowing students to write to learn, rather than just learning to write. Pitts also coordinated the development of the Troup County Research and Writing manual for all language arts classes. She was honored as a literacy professional who promotes literacy awareness as part of their paid position.
Angeline Brooks, a social worker at Twin Fountains Nursing Home, helped to develop the concept for a nursing home based GED program, offering classes to those residents who never had the opportunity to learn to read. The program was launched in 2009 and is the only type of its kind in the state of Georgia. Brooks was honored as an individual not affiliated or paid on behalf of a literacy organization.
Walmart Distribution Center has consistently supported the literacy program by providing volunteers and financial resources for the Troup CLCP dictionary project. This initiative, entering its ninth year, provides dictionaries for third grade students in every school across Troup County. Not only does Walmart provide funding for the books, there are several Walmart associates who participate annually in the distribution of the dictionaries. Walmart Distribution Center was honored in the business, institution, or organization category.
The Harrell family of LaGrange received a special family award for their annual birthday project. John and Diane Harrell and their daughter, Chloe, were recognized for their annual donation of books that are collected at Chloe’s birthday party. All guests are asked to bring a book, not for Chloe to keep, but to be donated to children who otherwise would not have books of their own. Their commitment to literacy is making a difference in our community.
Debbie Burdette, Troup CLCP Executive Director, congratulated each of the award winners saying, “Not only are each of our recipients winners, our entire community is a winner because of their contributions to the Literacy Solution in Troup County. I am grateful for their efforts and look forward to their continued participation as we work to eliminate illiteracy in our community.”
Troup County CLCP is a collaborative between local business, education, government and community. To accomplish our goal of a certified literate community, the CLCP encourages a love of reading as a foundation for lifelong learning and supports those programs with similar goals. CLCP promotes literacy awareness and programs to assist students in need of basic literacy education.