On Friday, October 5th I will be hosting a fundraiser called
“Rockin’ for a Cause” to help fight illiteracy in South
Georgia. Working with Dr. Marty Williams and Charlie Oliver, we hope
to raise $6,000 for the Literacy Volunteer Program (LVP) of South
Georgia. The LVP provides one-to-one tutoring to improve the
reading, writing, and arithmetic skills of functionally illiterate
individuals 16 years of age and older in South Central Georgia.
The ticket price for the event is $20 and includes an evening of
good-time music from The Backstreet Blazers band, one raffle ticket
for a chance to win a variety of great prizes, and an assortment of
delicious appetizers. Dr. James LaPlant has graciously agreed to
emcee the event.
“Rockin’ for a Cause” will take place on Friday, October
5th at The American Legion Post 13 located at 1301 Williams Street
(behind Bazemore-Hyder Stadium) from 7:00-10:30 pm. In addition to
an air-conditioned dance hall, the American Legion has a cash bar
for beer and wine.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets before the night of the
event, you may contact one of the following:
There’s a widespread factoid claiming that multiple states
(maybe California, Arizona, Indiana, or Virginia) decide
how many prison cells to build according to second or third
grade reading levels.
This is an urban legend, debunked by
Lots of people have requoted this factoid, from Colin Powell to Hillary
Clinton, but they were misled.
However, there is substantial evidence that low educational performance
does increase likelihood of incarceration.
Furthermore, parental involvement won’t be enough to deal with this,
since low-education prisoners tend to have low-education parents.
Hillary was right: it does take a village.
In 1994 far more prisoners had reading difficulties than did the general public:
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