THE STAR, September 17, 2015
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.