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On Wednesday (5/14/2014) Read To Succeed held its 2014 Appreciation Luncheon at Kingwood Church of Christ. 

Karen Claud Literacy Award

Nancy Duggin received the KAREN CLAUD LITERACY AWARD. She has a passion for literacy and is a certified reading specialist. Twenty-four of her quarter of a century in education was with the Murfreesboro City Schools.  Karen also holds a graduate certificate in dyslexic studies. Claud received the MTSU Distinguished Alumnus Award  2005 and was inducted into the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame in 2007. 

City Schools Director Linda Gilbert noted, "Nancy transformed reading not only for Murfreesboro, but the entire state by training teachers in the foundational building blocks of reading as the state implemented common core." 

Nancy Duggin is a professional development provider and owns her own business. 



Lucila Nieves received the ESL Student of the Year Award. She was unable to attend. Leta Maloney (right) was honored as the ESL Volunteer of the Year. 






The Tutor of the Year honors went to Doris Bybee (left), while Kiara Judge (right) was the Learner of the Year. 




Community Partner

Middle Tennessee Christian School's Early Learning Center received the Community Partner of the Year Award. Carol Lowe (right) accepted the honor for the school.  





Community Volunteer

A mother and son received the Community Volunteers of the Year. Tamera (right) and Erik Smith (not pictured) were the honorees. However her son was unable to attend, since he was in school. 




Board Member of the Year

That honor went to Thom Coats, who is recuperating from an illness. 

School of the Year

Stewartsboro Elementary was Read to Succeed's School of the Year. 

Family Literacy

The award for Family Literacy Volunteer went to MTSU's Dr. Suze Gilbert (right). 






 Shining Star

Diane Mackey (right) received the Shining Star of the Year in appreciation for the many projects in which she has been involved.  Read to Succeed's Executive Director Lisa Mitchell (left) presented the award. 






 Corporate Sponsor of the Year

WGNS Talk Radio was honored with the Corporate Sponsor of the Year. The station has been heavily involved in Read To Succeed in the past, including the Spelling Bee as well as Scott Walker (right) serving both on the board and as president of their executive board. Read to Succeed's Executive Director Lisa Mitchell (left) presented the award. 




 Judge Steve Daniel Is New President

Senior Judge J. S. "Steve" Daniel is the new president of Read To Succeed's executive board. He told WGNS News about the goal of this non-profit local organization . . .


Read To Succeed improves lives through reading by establishing literacy partnerships in Rutherford County.

Mission Statement

Read To Succeed supports this mission by fostering literacy partnerships between providers, educators, community helpers and business owners, creating events and programming to promote literacy and, providing resources such as the Lon Nuell Family Literacy Center and this website.

It is the policy of Read To Succeed to comply with all aspects of an affirmative action plan, such as utilizing minority and women-owned businesses whenever possible, providing open access to records, and being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Read To Succeed is funded by donations from individuals, businesses and grants.




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