WSU Family Literacy Program Honors Donors

OGDEN, Utah – For their work in promoting family literacy and learning activities, Robert and Kathi Garff will be honored with the second annual “Friend of Family Literacy” award on April 26 by the Weber State University Family Literacy Program.

The event will be held at the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, 347 E. 22nd St. Ogden, from 6:30-7 p.m. Families participating in the literacy program will be there, and the Garffs will present a book to each child in attendance.

The Garffs have given away thousands of books and reading incentives through their Keys to Success and Road to Success literacy programs. The goal is to have every child read or be read to for at least 20 minutes every day.

The WSU Family Literacy Program and the Treehouse Museum provide unique and important resources for less-privileged families engage in literacy activities with their children. The vast majority of the 100 families involved in the program annually live near or below the poverty level.

“The major focus of the program is to mentor and educate the parents of Head Start children to engage in literacy activities with their children,” said Paul Schvaneveldt, program director and WSU child and family studies associate professor. “Furthermore, the program provides education and mentoring on parental discipline and appropriate child guidance.”

In 2011 the award was given to Utah first lady Jeanette Herbert. She is the honorary chair of the governor’s commission on literacy and is highly involved in the “Read with a Child” project.

The WSU Family Literacy program is a partnership between the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University, the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership (Head Start), the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, Deseret Industries, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and the UBS Bank Foundation.

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Paul Schvaneveldt, child and family studies associate professor
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Allison Hess, director of Public Relations
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