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Learning Link plans community meeting

Written September 17th, 2015 by
Categories: In The News

THE STAR, September 17, 2015

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Cindy Snyder of the Butler Filling Station Youth Center, Angela Nordmann of Purdue Extension of DeKalb County and Melissa Eshbach of Star Technologies gather at Learning Link’s community meeting last April in Butler. Semi-annual meetings move to different communities within the county to attract new voices and ensure countywide participation. The next meeting will be in Auburn at the First United Methodist Church Oct. 8. The event is free and open to the public.

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Cindy Snyder of the Butler Filling Station Youth Center, Angela Nordmann of Purdue Extension of DeKalb County and Melissa Eshbach of Star Technologies gather at Learning Link’s community meeting last April in Butler. Semi-annual meetings move to different communities within the county to attract new voices and ensure countywide participation. The next meeting will be in Auburn at the First United Methodist Church Oct. 8. The event is free and open to the public.

AUBURN — Learning Link, an education initiative of Community Foundation DeKalb County, will host a community meeting in Auburn on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. Seventh St.

Anyone with an interest in working collectively to improve education levels in DeKalb County is encouraged to attend, organizers said.

“Improving education in our community relies on a supportive and aligned community of organizations and individuals, all working toward a common goal. It’s like rowing a boat, you have to work together,” said Judy Sorg, director of the initiative.

Creating a culture of lifelong learning to raise education levels at all ages is Learning Link’s broad goal. Three areas, led by volunteer action teams, are addressed — early childhood learning, kindergarten to 12th-grade education and adult learning, including parenting education.

The purpose of the Oct. 8 working dinner meeting is to share the successes and challenges, along with supporting data within each of the focus areas, and hear the voices of community members.

“I appreciate what Learning Link is doing in DeKalb County. Education, or skills training, is the key to a thriving community. We need to develop the talent if we hope to retain and attract new business and industry” said Ken McCrory, Learning Link steering committee chair and director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership.

“The community foundation places a high priority on its education initiative, so we appreciate the participation of so many community members and education providers. Team members are dedicated to improving lives through education and training in all forms and at all ages. We hope to see them, along with other individuals or organizations excited about improving our county through learning at all ages, on Oct. 8 in Auburn,” said Wendy Oberlin, the Community Foundation’s executive director.

Dinner will be provided by replying to Ashton Zartman at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, AZartman@CFDeKalb.org, or call 925-0311 by Oct. 1. For more information, call Sorg at 925-0311, or e-mail JSorg@CFDeKalb.org.