Murfreesboro's third Annual Literacy Day was a huge success. It began Saturday morning (8/2/2014) with a march from Central Magnet School to the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza.
Olive Branch Church' Director of Operations Greg McKnight (left photo) said the event began with a conversation between their Pastor Vincent Windrow and Read To Succeed Director Lisa Mitchell.
McKnight continued . . .
Shortly after 9:00 o'clock the marchers left Central Magnet School with an escort from the Murfreesboro Police Department. They headed toward the square on East Main Street. They turned south on Maney Avenue and then west on Vine Street. The large crowd then flowed onto the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza.
Numerous non-profit organizations were on the large brick plaza in front of the Murfreesboro City Hall and the Linebaugh Public Library.
Illiteracy continues to be a problem across the nation. Here in Rutherford County, approximately 44 per cent of the population read at a third grade or lower level. Another ten per cent are at a level below the first grade.
Approximately 13 per cent of the residents not having a high school education, and that translates into more than 12 per cent living below the poverty level.
Literacy Day brings awareness to the importance of knowing how to read. It focuses on the importance of literacy in today's society and how this directly impacts the economy, the educational attainment of this area, and the health of our residents.