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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 will be held on May 5, 2015 at R. L. Patton High School. Will the champion team, Freedome High School be defeated or 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 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 will hold their semi-annual Charity Day on May 2, 2015. Tickets are $5!

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 2013-2014


  • 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

David Tayloe Special to the Observer 
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. 

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

Earl Martin Phalen

CEO, Reach Out and Read; founder, Summer Advantage USA

Posted: 02/23/2012 6:01 pm

It was 1989. Pediatricians and early childhood educators developed Reach Out and Read at Boston Medical Center. The concept was simple: During well-child checkups, doctors would deliver books to children and critical messages about the importance of reading aloud to parents.

Fast forward 23 years.

The concept remains simple. But, the book has become more complicated.

For the first time in our organization's history, we find ourselves faced with a new kind of children's book, one that is displayed on the screen of a tablet. Devices such as the NOOK, the Kindle, the iPad, and the Fable are leading us to a new frontier of literacy -- whether we like it or not.

Already, there have been lots of voices in the mix of the e-reader debate. The New York Timeswrote about tech-savvy parents who insist on traditional books for their children. The Washington Post reported on the pros and cons of apps for kids on smartphones and tablets. A Maine School Superintendent last year made waves when every kindergartner in his district received an iPad, and he declared that the device was "even more important than a book."

And there's so much more to come.

As a nonprofit dedicated to fostering literacy-rich home environments and children who love books and reading, we're paying close attention to the e-reader debate. We're thinking and studying and talking. We don't know the answers -- yet.

What we do know is what we've always known: Children who are read to from an early age have abetter chance of succeeding in school and in life than those who are not. That's the message we continue to spread. With research behind us, we know that engaged parents can make a serious and meaningful difference in their children's educational outcomes.

For an e-reader to be an effective learning and bonding tool, it needs to be used responsibly. Many devices come with bells and whistles that can distract both parents and children.

The e-reader should be used by parents and children together with focus, with the same goals as a physical book. It should stimulate a child's language, listening, prediction, and cognitive skills, build curiosity and memory, and create a nurturing environment positive for both the parent and the child.

Time spent reading aloud to a child should be just that, not an opportunity to check email, play games, or update a Facebook status.

As the technology develops and the conversation around e-readers unfolds, we'll continue to recommend that parents read aloud to their children at least 20 minutes each and every day. We'll still encourage families to talk and sing and imagine together. And we'll always remind them that the best parent-child bonding time happens over a book.

We can't -- and don't want to -- stop innovation.

Change is upon us. It's what we do with that change that matters most.

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.

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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.

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Morganton, NC 28655
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