Contact Us Take The Pledge      
Transforming a Generation: 90% Literacy by Third Grade
Join the others who have taken the pledge:
Deirdre Creech, Rose Brickles, Jennifer Durrett, maria marron, Arianna Lagges, JIM BATORY, Dorothy Cominsky, Amanda Emanuel, Carol David, Tina Campbell, janice pagan, Milli Wenzel, Susan Del Tufo, Arlene Kahn, Susan Del Tufo, Ashley Farruggio, Marie OBrien, Jeff The Bro, Heather Helton, Nancy Blessing, Amy Kelly, ggdxfg fdgfh, Lucy Roy-Delapaz, tommy collettit, Bridgette Diskin, Mary Kramek, Matthew McManus, 1 1, Annie Brown, hannah kauferh, Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, Tara Miranda, Joy Lukomski, Kenny Carmichael, Toni Reukauf, Kelly Palmer, Fourth Quadrant Partners, Christine Sturgeon, Diane Donar, Brittany Bailey, Kathryn Woodall, Tessa Stanley, Kristina Trahan, Elias Medina, Barbara Johnson, charlene bentien, Nate & Kristen Bruckner, jacki decaro, Christina Lindgren, Dorie Shemo, Judy Whalen, Angela Bosman, LaTanya Morgan, Emilia Jacobs, Cheryl Gondek, Dean Stewart Photography, allene moorehead, Elizabeth Falkiewicz, AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sister, Tiffany Justice, Kelley Williams, Jody Houston, Christine Ryall, Dorie Shemo, LaTanya Gibson, Narda Pitkethly, Teri Dugan, Melody M Englert, Carla Cundiff, Jennifer Croom, Yasmin Medina, Kirra OBrien, Taylor Walker, Isabel Marron , Debra Barnesd, Deborah Dillon, carrie fernandez, Thomas Moore, sharon richards, Randall Hunt, Lisa McFaland, Gina Sultaire, Kim Klaus, Barneyxcq yWxcSpFGWvTabbVDxz, Teri Dugan, Vero Beach Police Department, Christy Baer, Linda Condit, Angel Maldonado, Michele Sternberg, Maureen Nicolace, Margaret Autullo, Christina Lindgren, jennifer roker, Keondra Eberhardt, joshua poindexter, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Donna Hedgecock, Nichole Harris, Nancy Prizito, sharon butler, Kerilyn Ngom, Margaret Dawson-Brown, Michelle Chandler, Kaori Fischer, Amanda Stevens, FRAN PERKINS, Gisele Parker, Lilibeth Ballina, Emme Scheible, Literacy Services, Emily Jarrett, 1 -1', Kevin Maloney, Kelli Mejia, Laurie Pedersen, Nicolas ospina de la hoz, Adam Faust, Helene Caseltine, Stacey Fletcher, Louis and Sara Smith, Sterling Bobbitt , Tammy Eriksen, Ralph Sunshine Acquisitions, Kayla Chitty, Michelle Bass, Diane Bressner, Fellsmere Police Department FPD, Susan Del Tufo, Mary Anne Sitkowski, STEPHANIE CLARK, Kathleen Hamilton, Michele Smith, Rhonda McGilberry, Marisela Luna, Emily Wick, kari broomell, Kerilyn Ngom, Karen Taylor, Mark yBzNyaFpSKdSM, Janai Cooper, Leslie Jones, FELLSMERE ELEMENTARY, Elizabeth Stenger, Cathryn Miquelon, Christy Baer , Gifford Youth Activity Center, Elizabeth Pinkney, Katrena McMahan, Theresa Wagner, Janet Farmer, ISABELLA LAGGES, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, Vero Beach Magazine, audrey colonna, yaquelin andrade, DOE-OEL, Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, Angel Maldonado, Mary Graves, Susan Rosier, Mary Strickler, Rebecca Blair, Tricia Boyle, Christopher Cummings, Dee Hollenbeck, Sharon Klein, maria miranda, Carolina Rojas, Susan Aguirre , ruth darrigo, Kimberly Robideau, SHARYN A HAWKER, Lisa Guilmette, ann prince, Gloria Severino, Nancy Blessing, Rachel Holpfer, Tami Haffield, Heidi Lourie, Pamela Prange, Chuck Evans, Lori Nalls, Katie Collier, Bent Pine Golf Club, Whole Child Indian River, Indian River Taekwondo Langlois, Brittany Lindsey, Christina Hayes, Di Pugh, Lorri Dior, kelly baysura, donna palmquist, Andrea Cosner, Lisa Guillette, Devi Maharajh, Rebecca Turner, Tara Luton , Kaori Fischer, Bill McMullen, Annie Brown, Sophie Wood, Sara Goodman, Susan Rosier, Jennifer Steele, Edward Shanaphy, Bruce Green, Sherrie Hale, Marta Cronin, LaTanya Morgan, Heather Young, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, Tessa House, Debra Schroeder, Gloria Luna, Ana Renuart, Becky Allen, Pamela Miller, MAry Grace Hektner, Lesley Lane, Ramon Echeverria, Ronda Weaver, TLA, Mark Farrell, keesha trusty, Tiffany Carlsen, Dr. Connie Proskovec, Clare Hughes, Susan Rosier, Beth Livers, Isabel Marron , Vero Beach Museum of Art, belinda washimgton-davis, renee fraker, Becky Warren, 1 -1', Shariea Shoatz, test test, 1 1, mardy hall, Lisa Barnum, Patrick Toole, Natalie Arbuckle, Bobbie Donelson, Fidelity Investments, Heidi Lourie, Lisa Wheeler, mardy hall, Brooke Flood, Milli Wenzel, Jayne Becker, Amy Speak, Jennifer Roberts, Lenora Ritchie, cheryl gondek, Laura McGill, Mike Gaudio, Carrie Spencer, briana carter, Heather Thompson, Kathy Minix, Karen Newkirk, Melissa Hall, Hayley Gondek, Raquel Searcy, Wendi Adams, Ramon Echeverria, Achillies Pace, Patricia Beaudoin, Juelie Perry, Karen Malits, Mary Laquidara, mary kannapes, Sandra Daniel, Tirso Moreno, Ann Mathis, Jeff Miller, Kristen Jones, Jenna Chatfield, Cynthia Jorgensen, Marsha Van Arman, shelby dorris, Annie Brown, judy jones, Socorro Luna, Kay Yurigan, Shanti Sanchez, Michael Van Houten, valerie conway, Page Woodward, Kidz Closet Charities, Robyn Bethel, Shannon Gillen, Renee Boesch, Kim Klaus, Tanya BRAUN, Lillian Marsiglia, JOY VANHORN, Hollie McDougall, Kristin Culbreth, Ramon Echeverria, John obrien, Kathryn Perez, Gabrielle Wagner, 211/Help Me Grow, Jeanne Prince, VBKA, Megan Falcone, jennifer jackson, Katherine Wolf, Elizabeth Tetreault, Elaine McGinty, GoldenTabs VlNDAmqBXuOUgPSzn, Healthy Families, Teri Barenborg, Lisa Bishop, Andrea Cosner, Amber Petry, Janet Alford, Phoebe Beacham, Tabitha Johnston, shelby dorris, Rhonda McGilberry, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc., Farrah Lemanski, Cathy Durrett-Filusch, Amanda Acker, Renee Lincoln, Ralph Autullo, Nicole Piontek, Sonja Phillips, Kelly Palmer, Tracey Barker, liz woody, Courtney Mellin, audrey colonna, Crystal Gothe, Mari Seg, Casey Dunn, Kelli Mejia, uritayay, Nancy De La Hoz, Linda Hammerle, F.A.C.T. Fellsmere Action Community Team, Lydia Galbraith, Sherry White, United Way of Indian River Co., Helene Caseltine, Celeste McWilliams, Doug Glenn, Dr. David Christiansen, parker hammond, Becky Levesque, Elizabeth Pinkney, Fidelity Investments, Cindi Ellis, East Coast Earthworks & Excavating, Susan Del Tufo, Kim Brady, Dasie Hope Center, Sue Sharpe, -1' 1, matt KdPIOvmNNItBy, Megan Falcone, Sharon Delo, yaquelin andrade, Kathleen Nealy, Paige Newinski, Leslie Connelly, Traci McGough, Krishna Patel, Therese Victoria, Suzi Rusin, Keith Touchberry, kayla poindexter, Sharon Klein, Shawna Carton, Karen Newkirk, GEORGE JETT, Clare Hughes, Alejandrina Micket, Brenda Zamora, Jessica Cox, -1' 1, tommy collettit, Erin Hollander, Fenia Hiaasen, Agnieszka Szymanska, Maria Ortiz, Nancy Sparkman, Autumn Wheeler, Heather Thompson, Samantha Breen, Indian River County Chamber of, Jamie Stalter, buzz wurzer, Lisa Segroves, Sandy Hamrick, Donna Hedgecock, hannah kaufeh, Maria Alvarez, Melinda Judson, The Buggy Bunch, Stacey Klim, Tisa Blidgen, Janie Graves Hoover, Heather Quigley, elizabeth bahl, JIM BATORY, Mindy Lessem Pollack, Laura Zorc, Karen Disney, Gretchen DiVincenzo, jorge luis ramirez, Liane McMullen, sabrina fraga, Mary Ann Kalin, Patricia Mandell, Nancy De La Hoz, Kelly Sartain, Sharon Klein, Matt McManus, Erica Thomas, Angela Jawhar, Patricia Mandell, Vero Equine Riding Academy , Kristi Challenor, Guillermina Walker, Hope Woodhouse , Liz Tetreault, Jennifer Seifstein, Jill Truax, Diane Mahan, Alaina McCloud,

Walking toward literacy

 

“Our outdoor book walk – Moonshot Literacy Lane – celebrates family literacy,” said Marie O’Brien, TLA’s Manager of Digital Media and Moonshot Outreach.

 

The adventure began and ended at the Indian River County Main Library, where the first and last pages of the story were posted. Led by Deborah Dillon, Ret. Rosewood Elementary School Principal, the children along with their families, walked along 14th Avenue, stopping to read and discuss pages of the story, “Thank You, Omu,” by Oge Mora, about community support and the ensuing celebration where everyone comes together over a shared meal.

Thrilled to have the opportunity to share books and provide children with the opportunity to read, Dillons said, “Being an educator, you know that birth to five are the key years when a child develops the language and vocabulary. Exposure to books at an early age is key to making them better readers and, eventually, better citizens in our community.”

The project was made possible through a Moonshot partnership between The Learning Alliance, School District of Indian River County, the main library and the downtown Vero Beach business district. “We’re grateful to our local businesses for their Moonshot support of this fun learning experience,” said O’Brien.

Literacy Lane included 13 stops along historic downtown Vero Beach’s Main Street. The 3/4-mile walk included stops at Parisian Hostess, Cultural Council of Indian River County, Sean Ryan Pub, Joey’s Downtown Dapper Barbershop, Main Street Vero Beach, Island Images Professional Photography Studio, Tea and Chi, The Learning Alliance, Rourke Publishing, Edgewood Eatery, Heritage Center and Italian Kitchen.

At each site, poster-size pages from the story were on display along with discussion questions aimed toward improving the reader’s vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills. This wasn’t a one-day event, according to O’Brien. The pages remained posted through April. Maps were available for download at moonshotmoment.org so that anyone could participate.

The group returned to the library to read the final pages of the book and then enjoyed Moon Pies and apple pies in honor of Pi Day, as they sat in the shade and discussed their literacy adventure.

Among the adults accompanying the children were The Learning Alliance’s Moonshot Reading Captains. This group of literacy heroes have volunteered to promote literacy within their communities. The innovative approach embeds these captains of literacy within the community. It provides them with books to share with the children that live nearby, thereby encouraging family engagement and modeling reading.

“Thirty-five years of educating students, working with parents, and the community has afforded me the wisdom to recognize a pivotal moment in Literacy through the Moonshot Reading Captain grassroots initiative,” said Margaret Ingram, Lead Moonshot Reading Captain.

By placing age-appropriate books into the hands of friends and neighbors already familiar with the community where these children live the Moonshot Reading Captain program removes the stigma of strangers invading their neighborhoods.

During these interactions, the Moonshot Reading Captains will provide literacy support along with connecting these families to other community resources as needed, including the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative, Healthy Start Coalition, and Treasure Coast Community Health.

“The idea of empowering trusted people in the neighborhood to serve as the go-to early literacy support person for families will help alleviate some of the stress in the home. Parents are willing to help their children but lack the resources to aid them in creating successful readers. Having books embedded in the community will ensure that the children will have appropriate grade-level reading books,” said Ingram.

Newly inducted Moonshot Reading Captain volunteer Candice Broom participated in the literacy walk along with her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Jacobi. The vivacious little one already enjoys reading, shared Broom. “I can see it on her face, if I get a new book she’s ready. She wants to turn the page and point out different things in the book she recognizes. I think it’s really important to start early.”

“Someone can always go out and drop off books, but it doesn’t make it as personal. To engage with people, it’s a love that you can feel. That people care about you and your child’s well being. When you engage with people, it makes them feel loved, and that’s very important for growth,” added Broom.

“I believe this program will bring back kitchen table conversations whereby literacy will become the universal language. This model will serve as a new paradigm for early literacy in the community,” continued Ingram.

For information, visit thelearningalliance.org or moonshotmoment.org.