The Star – October 15, 1014
WATERLOO — Learning Link, an education initiative of Community Foundation DeKalb County, is inviting community members countywide to its upcoming community meeting, Monday, Nov. 10, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Christian Center, 900 S. Wayne St., Waterloo.
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.
“Our county’s education levels are not just a school issue, but a community issue,” said Judy Sorg, director of the initiative. “Learning Link’s success requires a diverse group of community organizations and individuals working together, not necessarily doing the same thing, but all working 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 Nov. 10 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.
“We can do more together than any one organization can do alone. Learning Link has already proven that,” according to Ken McCrory, Learning Link steering committee chair.
“The community foundation is pleased with the team participation of so many community members and education program providers,” said Wendy Oberlin, the community foundation’s executive director. “Team members are dedicated to improving lives through education or training in all forms and at all ages. We are excited to share each team’s most recent progress at the Nov. 10 meeting.”
Dinner will be provided with an RSVP to Sandi Deardorf at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, 925-0311, or an email to SDearDorf@DeKalbFoundation.org by Nov. 4.
For more information, call Judy Sorg at 925-0311 or e-mail JSorg@DeKalbearningLink.org.