Cobb EMC and Gas South celebrate seventh annual Literacy Week

Cobb EMC and Gas South celebrate seventh annual Literacy Week

(Marietta, GA – Nov. 28, 2016) – Cobb EMC’s seventh annual Literacy Week placed focus on students’ creativity and life-long reading and writing habits by bringing books to life for more than 24,000 students across 43 schools.

The program, which was held the week of October 24, brought together 13 children’s book authors and students beyond the electric cooperative’s five-county metro Atlanta service areas. Literacy Week has reached more than 80,000 students since its inception six years ago.

“Literacy Week inspires imaginations and encourages a love for reading and writing. All of the school presentations emphasize that literacy is a foundation for education,” said Mark Justice, director of education and community relations.

Guest authors included New York Times bestselling author Brian Lies, national authors Robyn Hood Black and Gail Karwoski, and local authors Jenny L. Cote, Diane Shore, Danny Schnitzlein, Kim Hardy, Terri Whitmire, Michael White and Chris Rumble.

“Gas South is proud to collaborate with Cobb EMC during Literacy Week,” said Karen Griffin, Gas South manager of external affairs. “The partnership allows for an extension of exposure of these authors to children in a variety of school districts. Fostering a love for reading increases vocabulary, strengthens test scores, awakens imagination and opens doors to new possibilities.”

Local author Chris Rumble presented his book Adventures of Uncle Stinky, a series of highly-illustrated stories about an unlikely superhero, to Gas South’s partner schools Norton Park Elementary and Heritage Academy. He was well received by both schools as Mr. Rumble also engaged the children in song with his guitar and shared his art work from various murals at schools across the country.

Both Cobb EMC and Gas South support the educational systems through contributions to local organizations and schools throughout the school year.

Assistant Editor of Georgia Magazine Jim Jess also participated in Literacy Week. He visited Dodgen Middle School and shared on Patriotism and the Bill of Rights to encourage students to become more aware of the election process and the rights and freedoms of Americans.

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