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Literacy Council expands staff

SALISBURY – Laurel Harry has been named program coordinator for Rowan County Literacy Council.

K.C. Scott, executive director, said the agency was excited to welcome Harry.

“Her expertise and experience are exactly what we need to continue to grow and expand our literacy programs in Rowan County.” Scott said.

Harry will be responsible for managing the program’s tutors, as well as assisting with fundraising, community outreach, and day-to-day operations. She has an extensive background in writing, editing and corporate training and lived in Central America for many years, which makes her well-suited to understanding the needs of adult learners as well as ESL students.

“My experience living in a Spanish-speaking country helps me understand the challenges of acquiring a second language as an adult and gives me insight into the hurdles many of our students have to overcome in order to meet their personal goals. I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic organization that is helping citizens of Rowan County achieve their full potential.”

The mission of the Rowan County Literacy Council is to provide literacy instruction to people of all ages regardless of means or ability to pay, to improve the quality of life for individuals, and advocate for literacy awareness.

As a non-profit organization, the council’s primary focus is free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring by trained volunteer tutors.

The Council’s 14th annual Scrabble Scramble, hosted by Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, is coming up on Friday May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser and supports their mission of improving family literacy in Rowan County. Three rounds of the popular game will be played, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served between each round.

The corporate sponsor price is $500, the team table price is $300, and the individual price is $30.

For information on upcoming events, becoming a tutor, or other volunteer opportunities, please visit the website at http://www.rcliteracy.org or call 704-216-8266.

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