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Literacy's sweet fundraiser offers desserts, door prizes

Sue Elam, team member, Bea Hussey Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church, strikes a pose mimicking a cutout which will be part of their table set up at the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council Spring Into Spring Dessert Tasting Fundraiser on Thursday.

By L.A. Story

For the Daily Corinthian

Desserts are just part of the sweet stuff to be offered at Thursday's Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council fundraiser.

There will also be great door prizes.

For the first time in Alcorn County, the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council will host a Spring Into Literacy Dessert Tasting Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin Courtyard, located at 201 Franklin Street in Corinth.

Special entertainment will be provided by Andy Avery and tickets are $5 per person (children ages 5 and under are free). Sponsors providing sweet and/or salty treats will serve them up in bite-sized samples at 25 different tables.

Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council members said people are encouraged to bring extra cash (typically $1 bills, but can be more) to vote on their favorite tables for the People's Choice prize.

All proceeds from admission tickets to voting funds from the event will benefit the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council. Council members expressed enthusiasm for the event, which was inspired by a highly successful annual event, which has been held by the McNairy County Literacy Council for several years.

Along with sweet or salty treats offered at each different table, there will be some great door prizes given away, according to CALC member Karen Jones.

"Everyone is excited and working hard on their food and decorations," said Jones. "We've got over 55 door prizes, including a big one to be given away at 7:55 p.m. You have to be present to win."

The local public appears to be already embracing the upcoming event. CALC board members have said there has been a great response to the upcoming Alcorn County Spring Into Literacy Dessert Tasting Fundraiser.

Tables are being prepared by many participating organizations or businesses including Alcorn County Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi, BancorpSouth, Commerce Bank, Renasant Bank, Trustmark Bank, Corinth-Alcorn County Reaching for Excellence (CARE), First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, First United Methodist Church, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Corinth Academy of Cosmetology, Corinth Civitans, Corinth Coca-Cola, Corinth Parks and Recreation, Corinth Tourism/Main Street, Fort Financial Credit Union, Ginger's, Junior Auxiliary of Corinth, LINK, Modern Woodmen — Jonathan Marsh and Steve Eaton, Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, Northeast Adult Education, Renasant Insurance, Rowan House, StoneRidge of Farmington and Waldron Street Christian Church.

The springtime-themed fundraiser is needed to help raise money for materials for students and teachers, and to expand the public's knowledge of CALC's goals and services.

Andy Avery, who will be providing entertainment, is a minister in Henderson, Tenn., who is known for his past work touring with Bon Jovi, KISS, and Guns N Roses.

CALC is an adult education program located upstairs at the Corinth Library and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Over the last 30 years, CALC has served the community, helping over 2,500 adults learn to read, write and speak English.Their tutors are volunteers and have donated numerous hours from 1989 to present. CALC offers free, one-on-one tutoring to any adult in the community who has a desire and a need to improve their reading skills. CALC is a United Way supported agency and a member of ProLiteracy.

A letter from CALC leadership states, "What we know from the 2018 Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi CREATE foundation report is that approximately 5,267 people in Alcorn County do not have a high school diploma, which is approximately 14 percent of the adult population. Of the 5,267, approximately 1,817 people ages 25 and up have less than a 9th grade education. We realize the value of this adult education program and fear that if we do not make every effort for their work to continue, all of us will suffer."

(Please contact Karen Jones at 662-284-6642, Terry Cartwright at 662-212-2891 or William McMullin at 662-396-1618 for more information.)