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Junior League of Oklahoma City completes 10-year literacy campaign

The Junior League of Oklahoma City’s literacy campaign reached 37,000 people over 10 years.
by Matt Patterson Modified: May 12, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: May 12, 2014

The Junior League of Oklahoma City is saying goodbye to a 10-year literacy campaign, but its impact will be felt for years to come, agency leaders said.

The Changing Lives through Literacy campaign began in 2004 with the simple goal of boosting literacy throughout the Oklahoma City area. The campaign reached people in a variety of ways, from story times at the Oklahoma City Zoo to a program that allowed volunteers to visit hospitals to read to veterans.

“It was a planned 10-year campaign,” Junior League of Oklahoma City President Kristen Brown said. “When it started we wanted to see what we could do if we focused our efforts and partnered with some other organizations in the city like the library. It has been successful so it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye.”

In a decade, the program has given out 116,000 books, $134,000 worth of supplies and racked up about $400,000 worth of volunteer time. It has served an estimated 37,000 people over that time.

To mark the end of the campaign, the Junior League has put together a book titled “Goodnight OKC.” The book officially wraps up the campaign this month. It is illustrated by Margaret Reynolds Hoge.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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