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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

County Executive Ike Leggett Signs Literacy Scroll

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and members of the MCAEL coalition gathered for a signing of the Declaration of the Right to Literacy Scroll. Joining Mr. Leggett in the photos  above are Lily Qi, Montgomery County Government; Mario Alvarenga, Spanish Catholic Center; Donna Kinerney, Montgomery College; Briana Gowing, Verizon; and Heather Ritchie and Rachel Glass, MCAEL  The Declaration, a national pledge for literacy, acknowledges that the ability to read, write, and communicate in English is fundamental to full and equitable participation in American democracy.  The Declaration also calls for access and support for the educational services required to achieve English literacy.

Upon signing the scroll, Leggett joined with the many leaders from across the country who have supported literacy by signing the scroll.  Today in Montgomery County, over 130,000 residents are limited in their ability to communicate in English, and more than 80,000 adult residents lack basic literacy, i.e. the skills to complete a job application.

Also featured above are MCAEL provider representatives and board president, Aryani Ong, who also joined in signing the scroll. The Scroll has traveled across the country and been signed by tens of thousands of supporters at community events, city halls, conferences, and in classrooms in 31 states and 76 cities.  It has been supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Council on Foundations, Literacy Funders Network, ProLiteracy, National Center for Family Literacy, WE LEARN, Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Vocational Education, and many others. The scroll is making its way to the White House and is expected to reach the White House in September 2010. Photo credit: David Jeo

"Without MCAEL, we’d be duplicating efforts and maybe not doing [our work] very well.  I’m so impressed by the people of all ages and backgrounds who are involved.  We all have a commitment to help people learn English, so they can function in the community and within families."
Dunya Hecht, Rockville Senior Center English program
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