Salute: Thanks to fifth-graders and everyone involved

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To the Editor:

For the past several years, Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council has hosted an annual fundraiser by joining with Oconto Falls Elementary School for the following game: “Are You Smarter than an Oconto Falls Fifth-Grader?” This event has proven to be both fun and educational for the students, adult panel and audience as well.

The fifth-grade students are to be commended for their enthusiasm and their knowledge. Of course, the adult panel needs praise also, as it is not easy to come up with a quick answer when asked in front of an audience. Kudos to both groups as they did well when under pressure!

The schools represented were Oconto Falls Elementary, St. Anthony’s Catholic School and Abrams Elementary. All staff, especially Mr. Moore, and the students from those schools need to be commended for their work in making this game show a success. At this event, we see that it may be fun to laugh when someone may miss an answer. In reality, we know there are adults in the area who need assistance to read, and that is not a laughing matter. Our literacy council is here to help.

Our literacy council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our income is from grants, donations and this, our annual fundraiser. All money raised from this event goes toward running our all-volunteer council and for the purchase of books and materials for our adult students and their tutors. We are proud to say our council is growing, and that we also serve within the jails.

Our adult students want to become contributing members of their community and workforce. By participating in this fundraiser, you are allowing us to serve our clients and fulfill our mission. Just as every child has a right to an education, so should every adult. We have seen, once again, the wonderful people who make up our school district and community. The two words “thank you” may not sound like much, but they are truly meant. Your generosity to our fundraiser is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Janet Glime,

Marycarolyn Jagodzinski,

Bud Bartel,

Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council