As vice president for Literacy Connection, I applaud the Tri-City Herald editorial board for its "Our Voice" editorial last week praising Winter Reading Challenge, LitFest and Cavalcade of Authors' programs to promote literacy and writing in our area.
This community also needs to be aware of another organization, The Literacy Connection, which for the past 14 years has twice a year invited children's authors to the Mid-Columbia to speak with elementary-aged students. Dec. 8-17, Matt McElligott, an awarding-winning author from New York, visited 14 schools. Feb. 3-7 and 18-21, Erik Brooks from Winthrop will be visiting 11 schools.
These author/illustrators come from all over the country to share their career experiences with students as well as to promote literacy and writing. I hope these author visits will encourage elementary students to become involved with Cavalcade of Authors and LitFest's offerings, or even better, to become an author or illustrator.