Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wordy Foxes Win Annual MCCL Adult Spelling Bee

Mary Agan, left, and Dana Mangifico with their trophies
Martinsville residents Mary Agan and Dana Mangifico won the fourth annual Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Morgan County Coalition for Literary (MCCL) on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The “Wordy Foxes” spelled the word “aardvark” to win the competition, which featured a total of 11 teams.
The second-place winners were Lyla Britton and Paulette Waltz, both of Martinsville.  Their team name was “Just for the Spell of it.”

“We’re delighted with the response to our main fundraising event,” said MCCL Executive Director David Reddick. “We had both a record number of teams competing and raised more than $1,600.”
Lyla Britton, left, and Paulette Waltz finished second

Reddick said his group wanted to thank its main contributors, including the Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Franciscan Health-Mooresville and South Central Indiana-REMC. They each contributed $200.

The $100 contributors included: Anonymous; Anthem, Inc.; China Buffet-Martinsville; Sally and Family: and Siddons Law Office, LLC.

Proceeds from the event are used to help the MCCL tutors as they work with individuals lacking basic literacy skills and preparing to take high school equivalency tests.

Refreshments for the event were provided by Bran & Short’s Coffee House and Sheila’s Bakery Unlimited.

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Spelling Bee

The 2016 Spelling Bee held on Saturday, September 10th was a resounding success. Nine teams participated  with a large crowd cheering each team on. Below are the 2016 winners.


1st Place Winning Team was Sense and Spellability,
Holly Johnson & Adrienne Heidenreich
Morgan County Public Library
2nd Place Winning Team was
Better than Autocorrect,
Mary Osborne & Stacy Post
Brownsburg Public Library

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy

UPDATE: Click HERE to read the 2016 Annual Report.

The Morgan County Coalition for Literacy will be holding its Annual Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, in the Community Room at the Mooresville Public Library. The board of directors for the coming year will be elected at the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and all are invited.

About the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy: The MCCL is a charitable organization that has been organized exclusively for adult educational purposes within Morgan County, Indiana, in order to increase awareness of the problems associated with low levels of literacy and to promote a culture of literacy within the county. Primarily relying on volunteers to act as tutors and/or serve on the Board of Directors, the Literacy Coalition promotes the right and responsibility of every resident to effectively read and communicate written information, so they may function in society, achieve their own goals, and develop knowledge and potential. The organization also encourages residents of Morgan County to learn the skills necessary to find and evaluate information effectively using a variety of platforms, such as books, magazines, the internet, e-books, etc. Tutors are also available to help those within Morgan County who seek to better their knowledge of English as a second language (ESL).

For more information on how to become a volunteer tutor please contact the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy at info@morgancountyliteracy.org. Additional information is also available at either the Morgan County Public Library or the Mooresville Public Library.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reading coalition benefits from Home Bank's donation, CFMC match

Dan Moore, President and CEO of Home Bank, presents a check in the amount of $15,000 to representatives
 of the Morgan County Coalition for Adult Literacy. The donation was part of the bank's gifting program 
which directs 10% of its earnings to initiatives addressing needs in the community.  This gift will also 
receive benefit of the Lilly Endowment Matching Gift support through the Community Foundation of Morgan 
County to benefit area not-for-profit organizations.  Shown at the check presentation (left to right), Pat 
Dinneson, Dick Newcomer, Elizabeth Koschnick, Dan Moore, Becky Strange, Janice Kistler, Ruth Rusie, 
Virginia Jensen, Sharon Goins. Not pictured, but present were Danie Becknell and Joan Maxfield. 
Not in attendance are Jim Griggs and Patti Siemental.
By Brian Culp | bculp@reporter-times.com

The Morgan County Literacy Foundation has taught a lot of people to read, but they think they can do more, said board member Ruth Rusie.

With a $15,000 gift from Home Bank and a 50 percent match through the Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative, it will be a little easier for the group to expand its reach, Rusie said.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Get Involved: Tutor Training

Our latest tutor training was held on June 14th and 15th from 9-1pm at the Mooresville Library. The tutor training committee consists of Ruth Rusie, Becky Strange, Patti Siemantel, and Sharon Goins. Each member has extensive experience and training in teaching, and is dedicated to guiding adult learners as they learn the invaluable life-skill of reading. For more information on how you can become a tutor please contact Sharon Goins, MCCL President, at info@morgancountyliteracy.org.