'Spring into Literacy'

Many businesses, organizations and churches will participate in the "Spring into Literacy" event.

It's time to "Spring into Literacy" as a local organization that teaches people to read, write and speak English is having its second annual Awareness Campaign and Dessert Tasting Fundraiser. Members of the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council will host the event on Thursday, March 5, at the Franklin Courtyard from 5-8 p.m.

"This means so much to us. Not only is this our second annual awareness campaign, but it's our second fundraiser since the organization was started in 1989," said Karen Jones, the treasurer for the Corinth-Alcorn Literacy Council.

According to Jones, approximately 32 businesses, churches and organizations are sponsoring a table in which they will decorate a spring themed table and serve a sweet or savory treat. Some of the tables will serve desserts such as Coke floats, cookies, popcorn and cakes.

"There will be a variety of desserts for people to sample," said Jones, who's also a tutor for CALC.

Last year, there were 24 tables and over 300 people attended the event, she said. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening. Corinth Coca-Cola will give out a large door prize, she said.

Each table will be judged in multiple categories. Awards will be given for best dessert, table presentation and people's choice. Containers will be placed on each table and those who wish to vote for their favorite table can leave money in inside of it, said Jones.

"It's encouraged to leave donations inside of the container, but it's not required," she said.

The table who has the most money in the container will win the people's choice award. It costs $5 to attend the event and sample all of the desserts. Children ages five and and under can attend for free.

"It's going to be a family oriented event. It's a great way for the community to come together for a good cause," said Jones, who works in payroll at Corinth Coca-Cola. All of the proceeds will go to the organization, she said. CALC provides free, one-on-one tutoring to any adult in Alcorn County who wants to learn how to read, write or enhance their reading capability.

The organization is also a United Way funded agency and a member of ProLiteracy.

Staff Writer

Gabby Boyd is a native of Iuka and a graduate of the University of Souther Mississippi where she majored in broadcast journalism. She is a staff writer for the Daily Corinthian and an published fantasy fiction author.

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