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EVEN The American
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 — B3
Community Literacy Centers celebrate International Literacy Day with fun fest
By M. Scott Carter
American Staff Writer
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Community Literacy Centers — in celebration of International Literacy Day Sept. 8 — will host the Fall Fun Fest and open house, 6 to 8 p.m. The Fall Fun Fest is open to all members of the Oklahoma City and surrounding communities. Organizers said the event will include free hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, games, books and prizes. “By attending the Fall Fun Fest, you can learn more about CLC, how you can team up with them to help those in need of literacy services and find out more about their current and upcoming class offer-
ings,” said Lindsey Buchanan, CLC’s marketing and development coordinator. Buchanana said Sept. 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1965. Celebrated since then, International Literacy Day calls attention to the worldwide effort to promote literacy, and education, as a UNESCO mission. Its aim is to highlight the significance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the global status of literacy and adult learning. The International Reading
Association estimates that 780 million adults, nearly twothirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that more than 100 million children worldwide do not have access to education. International Literacy Day is one way the association strives to increase literacy around the world. According to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, nearly 140,000 Oklahoma County adults have limited literacy skills, meaning they have trouble reading a newspaper, street signs, filling out an application form, or accessing health information and services. More than 400,000 Oklahomans statewide are func-
tionally illiterate, meaning they read at or below a fifth grade level. “Illiteracy is a real problem in Oklahoma City. If the issue is not addressed, the area will continue to have a 20 percent illiteracy rate and the entire community will feel its effects. We hope that by hosting the upcoming Fall Fun Fest, awareness will be raised throughout the Oklahoma City community and beyond,” said Becky O’Dell, executive director for Community Literacy Centers. To sign up for the Fall Fun Fest, for more information or volunteer or enroll in classes, call CLC at 524-7323.
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HIRE to host Taste of The South
Moore Norman Technology Center’s HIRE (Help in Reaching Employment) program will sponsor Taste of the South 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the school’s South Penn campus, SW 134th and S. Pennsylvania, in Oklahoma City. Attendees can sample foods from 22 local restaurants, win items in the live auction and door prize giveaways, visit booths from more than 20 area businesses offering services and products and hear live music from the 95th
Tickets are $15 or two for $25 if purchased in advance. Call 364-5763, ext. 7365 for advance tickets. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
Division Army Band Jazz Combo. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program, the Brand Senior Citizen Center and the HIRE program.
HIRE assists individuals in poverty by offering training and employment services. The Food 4 Kids program provides chronically hungry elementary school children with a backpack of kid-friendly food over the weekends and holidays. The Brand Senior Citizen Center provides a fun and caring environment for senior adults during their daytime hours. Tickets are $15 or two for $25 if purchased in advance. Call 364-5763, ext. 7365 for advance tickets. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
Scott and Erin Walker of Moore are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Isabella Katherine Walker. Isabella was born at Mercy Hospital 12:40 a.m. May 20. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Isabella’s maternal grandparents are Ron and Ruth Buller of Sheridan Lake, Colo., and the late Bruce Harms. Maternal greatgrandparents are Milton and Marie Harms, Moore, and the late Alvin and Elvera Ratzlaff, Fairview. Isabella’s paternal grandparents are Larry and Marilyn Walker, Richardson, Texas. Paternal greatgrandparents are Oliver and Mary Lou Walker, Pauls Valley, and the late Dr. James H. and Dorothy Shirley, Pauls Valley. Isabella also was welcomed by Uncle Phillip, Aunt Cara and cousin Aubry Sharp, Moore, and Uncle Matt and Aunt Marianne Cooper, Balch Springs, Texas.
Hyde, Petersen to wed
na Lane Petersen of Moore. Hyde graduated from Moore High School in 1998 and is employed by Hardcastle Construction in Washington, Okla. Petersen graduated from Moore High School in 1996. He is employed with Premium Beers of Oklahoma in Moore.
Nicole Rae Hyde and Jeffrey Steven Petersen, both of Moore, will exchange wedding vows Sept. 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Moore. Parents of the bride-elect are Mark Allen Hyde of Moore and Rachil Martinez, also of Moore. The prospective groom is the son of Ken-