PUEBLO, Colo. (October 13, 2016) - Colorado State University-Pueblo softball head coach Christie Koschke took part in a newly launched photo campaign, Adults READ in Our Community, started by Pueblo City-County Library District's Adult Literacy Program to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy in the community.
With the help of Pueblo County United Way, Catholic Charities and the Department of Social Services, the campaign features six local Pueblo "celebrities" reading with children.
They include Koschke, Dr. Luis Velez, Pueblo Police Chief; Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff; Shawn Shelton, Pueblo Fire Chief; Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo; and Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo.
Photos of each "celebrity" reading to children are on display at all library locations as well as downtown.
According to Literacy Project Foundation, 44 million American adults cannot read well enough to read a simple story to a child and 21 million cannot read at all.
"Reading has such a huge impact on the development of children," said Koschke. "I was happy to be part of the campaign and if we are able to spread that kind of awareness to the community our future will be bright."
For more information about adult literacy and how to volunteer, contact Jackie Swanson, adult literacy coordinator at (719) 553-0206 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.