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Annual Report

BCLC in the News Herald

ABC Lunch for Literacy

Was held November 13, 2014 in Morganton. We would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, patrons, board members and staff that made this event a success! This year we earned $2,365.32!

Spelling Bee for Literacy

The 23rd annual Spelling Bee was held on May 5, 2015 at R. L. Patton High School. Our new champion team, Patton High School will they hold onto the trophy and their title?

We are currently looking for 3 member teams to compete as well as sponsors and advertisers for the 2016 Spelling Bee. Please contact if you are interested in competing, sponsoring or advertising with the form below.

$5 Hot Dog Dinner starts at 5:15 PM and the Bee will commence at 6 PM. Door entry fee is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The door prize drawings will be a held throughout the bee. You must be present to win.

Belk Charity Day

This Spring Belk stores nationwide held their semi-annual Charity Day on May 2, 2015. The Literacy Council earned $198.02!

The Fall Belk Charity Day Sale was held on Saturday, November 8th. The Literacy Council earned $211.34 through this fundraiser. Be watching for the next Fall event coming in November 2015!

Funding Received in 2014-2015


  • The North Carolina Community College System has approved the Literacy Council for $54,380 for Adult and English Literacy education.
  • Burke County Smart Start has approved us for $30,937 for childhood education purposes.
  • Burke County United Way has approved $10,000 for all programs.
  • Community Foundation of Burke County has granted $7,500 for equiping our new Pre-K and Nursery rooms.
  • Grace Episcopal Church Foundation has granted $500 to fund Read for the Record.


  • First Presbyterian Church $125 each quarter
  • Saint Charles Catholic Church $100 each month up tp $1,000 per year
  • Rostan Family Foundation $5,000 one time donation to fund MotheRead
  • Community Foundation of WNC (via Mr. and Mrs. Salsbury) $1,000

Girl Scout Troop 10383 Bronze Award

Thanks to the girls in Troop 10383 for their Silver Award project to assist the Burke County Literacy Council with their Family Literacy programs! These cool activity boxes will enrich so many lives in Burke County! Way to go girls!

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Reach Out and Read in the Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer, The (NC) 2013-12-05 Section: Editorial/Opinion Edition: 1st State Page: 8A

For the Record
A cheap way to help N.C. children: Reach out and read

By David Tayloe Special to the Observer
Architects know it is imperative to have a fundamentally sound foundation to build a strong structure. Doctors know it is easier to keep a patient healthy than to change an adverse health situation after it is established. Parents know it is easier to build good habits than to change bad ones. Simply stated, starting smart is better than fixing issues down the line. Logic, experience and research demonstrate that retaining and trying to rehabilitate children who lack reading proficiency at the end of the third grade is very expensive and often futile.
What is the best approach for N.C. children? Start earlier. Parents must be persistently empowered to talk, read, interact and invest in their child's early years of brain development. Children from upper middle class families hear 10 times as many words in the first two years of life as do children of indigent parents. The children who read the best in the third grade are the ones who hear their parents say the most words during those first two years of life. Children must grow up with access to constant adult conversation.
Communities must support the critical years 0-5. The controversial "Read to Succeed" legislation brings to light important conversations around the proficiency of reading skills for children across North Carolina. What is not featured in this legislation, however, is the critical nature of the first five years. It is easier to start earlier and start smarter. We must begin at the beginning, at the root, and invest in children and families before learning deficits are accrued. Brain development research points to this.
Doctors and nurses across North Carolina understand the importance of early investments in children, and are taking part in programs like Reach Out and Read, which helps to educate and activate parents as their children's first and most important teachers through the 10 pediatric well-child visits that occur before children enter kindergarten. Reach Out and Read leverages the access and relationships providers have with families in those critical first five years to support healthy early brain and language development, thus enhancing school readiness. Reach Out and Read is supported by 15 peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate the program's effectiveness in helping children get to school more prepared for success, and with more deeply engaged parents.
Our state is struggling to fund high quality preschool for at-risk children. Only one-third of at-risk young children are enrolled in these programs. Over 96 percent of our preschool children come into primary care medical offices for well-child care. Our state should work with primary care health professionals to ensure that they all have the financial resources they need to implement Reach Out and Read in their practices. It costs $50 per child to buy the appropriate books during the preschool timeframe. North Carolina cannot afford not to make Reach Out and Read available to all at-risk preschool children.
We challenge North Carolina not to settle for retention as a solution. Let's truly support our children and families by supporting investments in the critical first five years of a child's life.
David Tayloe is a pediatrician in Goldsboro and a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is serving an appointment as an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine. 

Earl Martin Phalen: Beyond Books: Thoughts on Children's Literacy Going High Tech

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Link Your Grocery Cards to Support Literacy

Register Your Cards

1.) Ingles is giving away money to purchase supplies to support organizations like ours and we would love to help them! Through Ingles Tools for Schools we can earn supplies to support our programs. To link your shopping card go to the website listed below, use the code provided below when you present your shopping card to the cashier or call Burke County Literacy Council at 828-437-7477. Re-enrollment is required every school year.

2.) Starting August 1, your Advantage Card from Ingles can be easily linked by using our code of 12163 on the Ingles website.

3.) Ingles will maintain a cumulative total for BCLC and will provide the reward to the school on the pay out period date. When you sign-up for the Tools for Schools program and make purchases using your Ingles Advantage Card, Ingles will give BCLC a portion of the total sales to be used to purchase supplies.

Interesting Links

With each answer you get right a donation of 10 grains of rice is given to the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Choose from many different subjects to answer questions on to help end world hunger.

Lemons for Literacy is a vocabulary building game that is available to anyone, anywhere. Players must identify a series of vocabulary words. Every correct answer helps someone learn to read.

Burke County Literacy Council
Mailing Address: PO Drawer 989 C/O College St
Morganton, NC 28680
Physical Address: 510 S. College Street
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: (828) 437-7477 // Fax: (828) 437-7948
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