Lunch-4-Literacy awards 23 grants from 2018 proceeds for a plethora of projects

  • Lunch-4-Literacy grant recipients are recognized at the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club meeting are, from left, Tim Miller, Kevin Powers, Kelley Thompson, Dr. Melissa Blalock, Altrusan Judy Stone Wilson (awards committee chair), Becky Hook, Jackie Moreno, Emily Mitchell, Becca Stines, Amy Jeske, Ki’Anna Gibson, Courtney Batchelor, Amanda Powers, Lisa Meidl, Beth Shea, Janine Brewer and Emily Havenkamp.

  • Lunch-4-Literacy grant recipients recognized at the Altrusa luncheon meeting are, from left, Alanna Kosier, Carey Downs, Amanda Powers, Jennifer Enderson, Terry Peek, April Meyers, Amber Bingen, Kat Hall, Rachel Pemberton, Julie Kinder-McMillan and Kirby Deal. Not pictured are Janis Bishop and Jill McMaster.

Lunch-4-Literacy has awarded 23 grants from its 2018 proceeds. Five non-profit agencies and 18 public schools received monies for literacy projects in Anderson and Roane Counties.

Clinton Middle School received three separate grants, the most for any single school. Anderson County Schools central office received one, and Lake City Middle School received two. Other Anderson County schools receiving a grant are Briceville Elementary, Norwood Elementary, Norwood Middle and Norris Middle School.

Oak Ridge Schools received eight grants.

Non-profit groups receiving literacy dollars are Roane County Imagination Library, ADFAC (Aid to Distress Families of Appalachian Counties), the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Emory Valley Center and the Boys and Girls Club of North Anderson County.

The grants will support projects from bibliotherapy grief books to audiobooks to author visits to schools in the county and in Oak Ridge.

One group of recipients was recognized at a meeting of Altrusa International. Another group was recognized at the Breakfast Rotary Club meeting.

Now in its 28th year, Lunch-4-Literacy held two author events in 2018 and netted more than $30,000, its best year ever.

Lunch-4-Literacy 2019 will be at 11:30 a.m., March 19, in the Oak Ridge High School atrium.

Tickets are $55, and a few are still available at Southern Bliss and at the Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square in Oak Ridge.

Altrusa International of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club co-sponsor the event. Donna Reat co-chairs for Altrusa, and Tracey Beckendorf-Edou co-chairs for Rotary.

“We want everyone to realize that when they support Lunch-4-Literacy they are supporting the people on the front lines who are helping Anderson and Roane Counties with some big literacy issues,” says Judy Stone Wilson, who has chaired the awards committee for the past two years.