Literacy council appreciates everyone’s support

To the editor:

Our news is often full of frightening events occurring locally and around the world. However, every so often, we are reminded of the good will others generate just by being kind and charitable.

One such example is our nonprofit literacy council’s “Are You Smarter Than an Oconto Falls Fifth-Grader?” fundraiser, which was held April 10 in the Oconto Falls High School Performing Arts Center. Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council could not have had this event without the support, work and assistance from so many.

We were thrilled to have again the fifth-grade students from Oconto Falls Elementary, St. Anthony’s and Abrams Elementary schools. Their enthusiasm and support of each other was commendable.

Of course, their participation would not have been possible without the support of the schools’ educators who so willingly gave of their time/talents. And, we all know that to have children present we need parent support, so a big “thank you” goes out to the parents and community members who also attended this event. We may all be tired at the day’s end, but to see the smiling faces that evening of students and adults alike was truly heartwarming.

The positive attitude of the school’s staff from administration, teachers, IT and janitors is commendable. Doing a good deed for others truly does “pay it forward,” for it left us inspired to continue to give back to the communities.

At this fun, family event, we can laugh about someone struggling to answer a fifth-grade question. But, the reality is, that there are adults in our communities who want assistance in learning to read, write or speak English. Our council is here to help.

All money raised from this fundraiser will go toward running our organization and the purchase of books/materials for our tutors and their students. Our goal for our adult students is that they someday can become contributing members of their communities and workforce.

Thank you for helping us to continue to help others and for showing us, once again, the wonderful people who make up our schools and communities.

Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council

Janet Glime, president

Judy Systma, secretary

Marycarolyn Jagodzinski, treasurer