National Literacy Action Week (NLAW) starts today and is being celebrated on campuses across the county. Sponsored by SCALE, Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, a program of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina, the week will feature workshops, tutoring and tutor recruitment, storytimes and book distributions, and other literacy awareness activities.
The events on the UNC campus and surrounding community include the kickoff featuring local and student-led literacy and social activist organizations at the Pit, followed by two workshops addressing social activism and the civil rights movement held at the campus Y and the South Estes Family Resource Center. Distinguished storyteller Aurora Boyer will facilitate a bilingual story time (Spanish-English), hosted by Carrboro Elementary School and MANO (Women Working Toward New Opportunities). Finally, a Public Health professional with experience in the Latina community will lead a discussion about issues in cross-cultural health literacy at the Borders store.
Among other campuses participating in NLAW 2008 are Duke University, Miami University, Rice University, Virginia Tech, Florida State University, and the University of Notre Dame. We will be blogging about their activities throughout the week so check back often for updates!
The following photos of the UNC bilingual storytime and health literacy event are provided by SCALE.