6:14 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Report Shows Reading Improvement in Calhoun County, But More Work Remains

Annual report card also tracks statistics in other indicators such as health and crime
The percentage of second-graders reading at proficiency at Coburn and Verona Elementary School has increased significantly from 2011 to 2013. That's the good news. The Coordinating Council's newest Calhoun County Community Report Card reveals that despite the gains, Battle Creek Public Schools still tested far below state averages for reading proficiency.
8:05 am
Thu July 10, 2014

WSW: Remembering Author Walter Dean Myers

Credit Foundation for Newark's Future

Last year Walter Dean Myers came to Kalamazoo as part of a cross-country tour to promote literacy among young people. 

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1:53 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Grant to fund three new literacy centers in Kalamazoo

Cities were judged based on quality of proposals, scale and potential for impact of their plans.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo will receive funding for an additional three literacy centers thanks to a $25,000 grant announced this week by Cities of Service. In this round, Kalamazoo was one of 23 cities awarded a total of $1 million for "impact volunteering" projects that tackle local challenges, according to a Cities of Service press release.
1:01 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Reading Ambassador Walter Dean Myers

Button used to promote Myers's visit to the Kalamazoo Public Library
Credit WMUK

Award-winning children's author Walter Dean Myers, 76, has met famous people in his lifetime, like Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. These days, the New York Times-best-selling writer is on a mission to meet children from low-income backgrounds. He's encouraging them to read as he travels across the country as the 2012 Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It's a role that brought Myers to Kalamazoo this summer. 

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10:58 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Reading ‘ambassador’ brings national tour to Kalamazoo

Walter Dean Myers mingles at a Read Across America Day event
Credit Foundation for Newark's Future

The Kalamazoo area’s renewed push for literacy will get a boost from a national champion. For two days, New York Times best-selling young-adult author Walter Dean Myers will speak and sign books at the Kalamazoo Public Library. It is part of his cross-country tour as the 2012 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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