Troup County CLCP presents Second Annual Literacy Awards
March 06 2012
2012 CLCP Literacy Award winners are recognized (l-r, CLCP Chair Dave Marler, Norma Tucker, Jewell Albright, Melanie Durham and Sue Landa)
Troup County Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) recently presented the second annual CLCP Literacy Awards to Sue Landa, Melanie Durham, and Jewell Albright in recognition of their contributions to literacy and education in the community. This year, the CLCP Board of Directors approved a special honorary award for the City of LaGrange for their ongoing support.
This year’s Individual Award winner is Sue Landa who was recognized for her work at Hollis Hand Elementary. For the past 5 years Mrs. Landa, along with her canine companion dogs, has been a regular visitor at Hollis Hand Elementary where they present a show to promote literacy and reward students who have achieved certain goals in reading.
At her store, The Bookseller, the 2012 Business Award winner Melanie Durham provides books for high school students, elderly, or just the average person at low prices. She also recycles worn books to the local recycling center and donates many books in great condition to the local prison and nursing home(s). All of these efforts help to promote the importance of reading.
In the Professional category, Jewell Albright was honored for her commitment to students enrolled in the adult education program at West Georgia Technical College. Albright works diligently in her classroom, preparing students for the GED exam. During her more than 20 years in the classroom, Albright has helped hundreds of students by offering extra instruction and even paying testing fees when necessary.
Support from business and community partners is essential to the ongoing efforts of Troup CLCP. Literacy is an essential component in the creation of a competitive workforce. An educated workforce in turn leads to economic development that benefits the community as a whole. This year, the CLCP board of directors approved a special honorary award to recognize the City of LaGrange for their unwavering support and ongoing commitment to literacy.
“Each of this year’s recipients have contributed their time and talents to the battle against illiteracy. Their efforts encourage us adults and children alike to become lifelong learners. I am grateful for their commitment to education in our community, and proud that CLCP will make a contribution in their honor to the LaGrange Memorial Library,” said Debbie Burdette, Troup CLCP Executive Director.
The awards are given to at least one individual not affiliated or paid on behalf of a literacy organization; one business, institution, or organization; and one literacy professional who promotes literacy awareness as part of their paid position. Nominations are submitted by members of the community and reviewed by the CLCP Board of Directors who make the final decisions. Nominations for the 2013 awards may be submitted throughout the year at http://www.troupclcp.org