COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Making a case for reading

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306May 4, 2014 

S.C. Bar Young Lawyer volunteer Jason Riddick reads to students during the 2013 YLD Community Law Week Cocky's Reading Express event.

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The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division is teaming with Cocky’s Reading Express to promote children’s literacy this week as part of Community Law Week.

The lawyers are visiting B.C. Grammar School No. 1, and White Knoll Elementary School in Lexington County and Redcliff Elementary School in Aiken Monday as they read to children and talk with them about the importance of reading.

Volunteers will read to students Friday at Bridge Creek Elementary School in Elgin and Sandel Elementary School in Columbia.

Cocky’s Reading Express, a collaboration of the University of South Carolina’s student government and School of Library and Information Science, targets illiteracy among South Carolina’s children and adults, particularly in underserved or disadvantaged communities.

After making a pledge to Cocky that they will read aloud at home with their families, each child is given a book to take home.

“The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division is honored to continue working with Cocky’s Reading Express for Community Law Week,” said Young Lawyers Division president Will Johnson. “YLD is proud to work with the USC Center for Children to promote the importance of reading, particularly in underprivileged areas, and we hope our work has a positive impact in the lives of the children we visit as part of this year’s program.”

During Community Law Week, held the first full week of May, lawyers carry out service projects in each of the state’s judicial circuits to promote public service among the legal profession and give the public information about its legal rights.

“While South Carolina young lawyers are hard at work in their communities all year, Community Law Week is a great time to focus on the importance of public service in the legal profession,” Johnson said.

The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years’ membership.

A boost for Sistercare

The Woman’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville recently gave $500 to Sistercare with funds raised during its recent PJ’s & Pearls Brunch.

Toiletry items also were collected and donated.

Sistercare provides services and advocates for abused women and their children, promoting prevention of domestic violence through community awareness and training. The agency is the only organization that addresses the specific shelter and support services needs of battered women and their children in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry and Fairfield counties.

Donations can be mailed to Sistiercare Inc., P.O. Box 1029, Columbia, SC 29202.

Recreation art center seeks volunteers

The city of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center is seeking volunteers for its Creative Journey program that provides art resources to local military personnel.

Artists skilled in various mediums also are needed to help guide participants through activities.

Orientation is required and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. May 12 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. The orientation will be led by Fort Jackson representatives.

For more information on Creative Journey or about volunteering, contact Brenda Oliver at (803) 545-3093 or email her at bloliver@columbiasc.net.

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