Rantin: Making a case for literacy

brantin@thestate.comApril 28, 2013 

SC Bar Young Lawyers Division member Riley J. Maxwell reads to students at Briggs Elementary School in Florence as part of Cocky's Reading Express event during Community Law Week last year.

S.C. BAR YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION — SC Bar Young Lawyers Division

The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division is promoting children’s literacy this week as part of its annual Community Law Week.

The young lawyers are traveling with Cocky’s Reading Express – an initiative of the University of South Carolina’s Student Government and School of Library and Information Science – to read aloud to schoolchildren and talk with them about the importance of reading

Volunteers will travel with Cocky to Springdale Elementary on Monday and to Caughman Road and Satchel Ford elementary schools Tuesday.

After making a pledge to Cocky to read aloud with their families, each child will receive a book. The goal is to reduce the cycle of illiteracy among South Carolina’s children and adults, particularly in underserved or disadvantaged communities.

The Young Lawyers Division is expected to read to nearly 600 students this week.

“The program is rewarding in so many ways, but mostly because we get the opportunity to tell children about how reading – a fundamental skill – can help them achieve anything in life,” said Foster Girard of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA in Columbia and co-chairman of the Community Law Week Committee. “It’s exciting to know that we are helping to shape young lives by encouraging students to pick up a book and read."

‘The Anonymous People’

Faces and Voices of Recovery Midlands will host a sneak preview screening of the documentary “The Anonymous People,” Saturday.

The nonprofit organization promotes long-term recovery from substance use disorders, and the 90-minute documentary features interviews with more than 30 people among the millions in long-term recovery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with film director Greg Williams.

“This film is not your tired old addiction story often seen on reality television or in the news,” Williams said. “There are no needles hanging out of people’s arms, pictures of the brain, or fried eggs in a pan. We set out to find the answer to one very fundamental question: Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?”

Saturday’s event will begin at 6 p.m. at Tapp’s Art Center downtown, 1644 Main St., with a reception including drinks and light refreshments, followed by the screening at 7 p.m. in the Tapp’s Skyline Room.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, but no one will be turned away if they don’t have the means to pay. Donations also will be accepted. To purchase tickets, visit favor-midlands.org.

For more information about FAVOR Midlands or the film screening, call (803) 310-3287.

Honoring outstanding senior volunteers

South Carolina residents are being encouraged to cast their vote for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.

The recognition is part of the Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. The program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. The national winner will receive $5,000 for the nonprofit charity of their choice.

Online voting continues through Tuesday at SalutetoSeniorService.com.

Reach Rantin at (803) 771-8306.

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