Raising Readers in Story County (RRSC) received 2015 Iowa Literacy Award from the Iowa Center for the Book at an award ceremony on Friday, Oct. 9 in the State Law Library. The organization was awarded a commemorative plaque and $750 to further their efforts.
“Dozens of organizations are dedicated to fostering literacy in Iowa, and this award recognizes and promotes these efforts. RRSC is an excellent example of the types of early literacy programs that can make a difference and set children up for success,” said Robin Martin, Iowa Center for the Book Coordinator.
Founded in 2000, RRSC is a grass-roots organization that provides language and literacy improvement programs to Iowa children from birth to eight years and to their families. Staff and volunteers manage 10 separate initiatives focusing on school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning.
“RRSC’s reputation of quality researched-based programming and initiatives throughout Iowa are unmatched and noted nationally,” said Jean Seaton, President of the Board of RRSC. “We are honored to have our work recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Library of Congress in partnership with the State Library of Iowa and its Center for the Book.”
The Iowa Literacy Award serves to recognize an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing literacy in Iowa. The 2015 award is a pilot project, coordinated by the Iowa Center for the Book and made possible by a grant from American philanthropist and financier David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.
For more information on RRSC, to go www.raising-readers.org.
The Iowa Center for the Book is a program of the State Library of Iowa and an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. For more information, go to www.iowacenterforthebook.org.