Working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County, Indiana
An education initiative of the Community Foundation of DeKalb County

April 2, 2013 Learning Link Plans Community Meeting

Written April 2nd, 2013 by
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Community leaders representing DeKalb Eastern and DeKalb Central school districts and Eckhart Public Library were among the audience members providing input at the October 2012 Learning Link Community meeting. Seated, from left, are Brennen Kitchen, Riverdale Elementary School principal; Becky Pfeffer, talent development specialist for DeKalb Central schools; Megan Curtis, literacy coordinator at Waterloo Elementary School; and Sherry Grate, DeKalb Central superintendent. Standing, from left, are Janelle Graber, Eckhart Public Library director; Steve Teders, principal at J.R Watson Elementary School; Carrie Alday, literacy coordinator at McKenney-Harrison Elementary School; and Julia Tipton, principal at McKenney-Harrison.

Community leaders representing DeKalb Eastern and DeKalb Central school districts and Eckhart Public Library were among the audience members providing input at the October 2012 Learning Link Community meeting. Seated, from left, are Brennen Kitchen, Riverdale Elementary School principal; Becky Pfeffer, talent development specialist for DeKalb Central schools; Megan Curtis, literacy coordinator at Waterloo Elementary School; and Sherry Grate, DeKalb Central superintendent. Standing, from left, are Janelle Graber, Eckhart Public Library director; Steve Teders, principal at J.R Watson Elementary School; Carrie Alday, literacy coordinator at McKenney-Harrison Elementary School; and Julia Tipton, principal at McKenney-Harrison.

BUTLER — Learning Link, an education initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, is inviting community members from throughout the county to its community meeting Monday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastside Junior-Senior High School in Butler.

The semi-annual meetings move to different communities to ensure countywide input. Anyone with an interest in DeKalb County learning outcomes is invited to attend.

DeKalb County Learning Link is a framework upon which people and organizations across sectors can contribute to achieving the community’s vision of working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County.

Creating a culture of learning for all ages is Learning Link’s broad goal. Three areas, led by volunteer groups, are addressed — early childhood learning, kindergarten-to-12th-grade education and adult learning. Reports of successes and challenges in each of these areas will be shared at the April 29 working dinner meeting.

The newly formed DeKalb County Career Success Coalition, working with Learning Link’s Adult Education and Training team, will share its goals and targeted concerns at this meeting.

After reports of the past six months’ progress from each of Learning Link’s teams, questions and input will be sought from audience members.

“Learning Link has achieved more than many thought possible. It just shows that when various individuals and groups work together, they can achieve more than when they work alone,” said Jeff Burns, Learning Link Steering Committee chair.

“The community foundation is convinced that education is the key to improving life for everyone in DeKalb County. We encourage like-minded individuals to join us at the April 29 meeting to hear about the work of our action teams and share their thoughts on moving the work forward,” said Wendy Oberlin, the community foundation’s executive director.

Dinner will be provided with an RSVP to Julie Isbell at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 925-0311, or an e-mail to JIsbell@DeKalbFoundation.org by April 22. For more information, call Judy Sorg at 925-0311 or e-mail JSorg@DeKalbLearningLink.org.

2013-04-02 Learning Link plans community meeting