Early literacy campaign coming to Coos Bay

October 20, 2014

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College will host 500 kindergartners this week for the state’s roll-out of its new early literacy campaign.

Gov. John Kitzhaber launched stORytime this month, a statewide literacy campaign to build awareness for the positive impact early literacy can have on lifelong success. It’s a key effort in the state’s effort to make sure students are proficient readers by third grade.

Nancy Golden, Oregon’s chief education officer, will be the featured speaker at the event, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at SWOCC’s student recreation center. SWOCC president Patty Scott and state Sen. Arnie Roblan will read to students.

In all, 19 kindergarten classes from Coos Bay, North Bend and Reedsport will participate.

“StORytime was created to meet families where they are and to empower them to use myriad ways to support their children that can be incorporated into daily life,” according to a news release. “The program also is designed to fit easily into busy schedules, adapt to a variety of literacy levels and encourage teaching in multiple languages.”

To become a stORytime partner, go here. Volunteers can download materials to display in offices and stores, including posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and videos that demonstrate how everyday moments (grocery shopping, cooking, driving in a car, taking a walk, singing, playing) can become learning moments.

In partnership with Umpqua Bank, the Oregon PTA and Scholastic, the stORytime website includes a “book donation portal” where Oregonians can donate books to a school of their choice between Sept. 29 and Dec. 15. Umpqua Bank will match the first 40,000 donated books with a grant of up to $100,000 from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.

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