The Star – March 23, 2015
BUTLER — Learning Link, an education initiative of Community Foundation DeKalb County, is inviting community members countywide to its upcoming community meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastside Junior-Senior High School, 603 E. Green St., Butler. The organization said anyone with an interest in education in DeKalb County is encouraged to attend.
Learning Link DeKalb County is a framework upon which community members 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.
“Improving education in our community relies on a supportive and aligned community of organizations and individuals. No single organization can do this alone,” said Judy Sorg, director of the initiative. “Learning Link’s success requires a diverse group of community organizations, educators and individuals working together toward a shared goal. Like rowing a boat, the power comes from the coordination of these activities that reinforce each other and support the common vision.”
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 skills.
The purpose of the April 13 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 in attendance.
“I appreciate what Learning Link is doing in DeKalb County. Education, or skills training, in our case, 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 program providers. Team members are dedicated to improving lives through education or 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, April 13 in Butler,” said Wendy Oberlin, the community foundation’s executive director.
Dinner will be provided with an RSVP to Kirston Warfield at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, 925-0311, or an e-mail to Intern@CFDeKalb.org, by April 8. For more information, call Judy Sorg at 925-0311 or send e-mail to her at JSorg@CFDeKalb.org.