The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia held their annual Mission Possible event which celebrates the foundation’s dedication throughout the past year and shows what steps will need to be taken for the upcoming year.
“Our road is long and many times winding, but the journey is being traveled with some exceptional friends, partners and dreamers,” said Debbie Knuckles, co-director of CRFA.
Tri-fold posters were set up at LMU’s Lincoln Memorial Museum which showed photos of several CRFA events including book signings from local authors, free book give-aways and Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Middlesboro Mall.
The CRFA’s main mission is to ensure that a mentor or parent reads to children for at least 20 minutes everyday. With combined teachers, volunteers, parents and local supporters of the CFRA’s work, illiteracy becomes diminished and will soon be a thing of the past for the people of the region.
LMU Professors Darnell Arnoult and Elissa Graff of the English and Art Department paired up with CRFA to show movies at Mission Possible which were created by students.
LMU English major Julia Woods Davis’ presentation showed showed links to childhood illiteracy and common farm life that is often found in Appalachia. As a child Davis struggled with reading because of her dyslexia but learned to overcome her disability thanks to her elementary school teachers.
“Although the obstacle may seem insurmountable, each person’s effort and contribution is important. Nobody else can do exactly what another does in the same way and with the same impact,” said Davis.
LMU art major Christine Hickman’s presentation showed the many things that CRFA spokeswoman Candida Sullivan does for the organization.
Hickman was badly injured during an ATV accident as a child but is learning to overcome her disabilities thanks to Sullivan’s writings and positive outlook on life which she portrays in her Zippy children’s books.
Other participants of the LMU-CRFA partnership included Hannah Wilson, Felicia Crockett and Cheryl Shoults.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.