On December 2 we announced our 2018 Mass Literacy Champions during our Celebrate Literacy event at the Barnes & Noble Prudential Center. The awards recognize and support outstanding literacy providers, their practices and their programs.
While we planned on selecting five grant recipients, the applicant pool was so talented that we choose eight Mass Literacy Champions. They will each receive a $1000 program grant and a professional video featuring the work of their organization.
For the first time, we also recognized a previous Mass Literacy Champions who has shown continued dedication to Mass Literacy with our Continued Commitment award.
Congratulations to our 2018 Mass Literacy Champions!
Jane Cohen DeHaven – Coordinator for Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham
Patsy Divver – Millis Middle/High School Librarian
Kevin Green – CEO of Seeds of a Father in Springfield
Susan Jaye-Kaplan – Founder of Link to Libraries in Hampden
Lorie Mendoza – Executive Director of Si, Se Puede in Lawrence
Diane Nostin Houle – Manager of Brightwood and Indian Orchard Branch Libraries in Springfield
Julie Roach – Manager of Youth Services at Cambridge Public Library
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood – Superintendent of Wareham Public Schools
The Continued Commitment award was presented to Maureen Manning, a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion and the Director of Global Education and Family/Community Engagement for Wareham Public Schools.