The Star – March 29, 2016
GARRETT — Learning Link, an education initiative of the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, is inviting community members countywide to its community meeting in Garrett.
It is scheduled for Monday, April 11, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Garrett Country Club, 401 N. Walsh St.
Anyone with an interest in improving education levels in DeKalb County as a means to improving the quality of life is encouraged to attend.
While past meetings have focused on the strategies and outcome data being tracked by Learning Link action teams, the April 11 working dinner meeting will depart from that format. Keynote speaker Laurie Gray, JD, will speak about how a community can cultivate lifelong learning through curiosity, connection and intention. She also will engage those attending in dialogue.
Born in DeKalb County, Gray is an attorney and author of three award-winning young adult novels and a parenting book. She works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She currently serves as victim advocate on the Allen County Indiana Community Corrections Board.
Learning Link DeKalb County is a framework upon which community members and organizations across sectors combine to achieve the community’s vision of working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all.
“Improving education levels in our community, including training and skill certifications beyond high school, is a sure way to reduce poverty in a community,” said Judy Sorg, director of the initiative.
Learning Link works across three areas that are led by volunteer action teams:” early learning, kindergarten to 12th-grade education, and adult education and training, including parenting education.
Melissa Eshbach, Learning Link Steering Committee Chair, said, “Embedded in everything we do, we are working to create a culture of always learning, whether you’re 4 years old or 94. As a DeKalb County business owner, parent and Community Foundation board member, I appreciate the foundation’s focus on learning at all ages.”
“The community foundation places a high priority on its education initiative, so we appreciate the participation of so many community members and education providers,” said Wendy Oberlin, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “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 April 11 in Garrett.”
Dinner will be provided with an RSVP to Ashton Willis at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, AWillis@CFDeKalb.org, or by calling 925-0311 by Monday, April 4.
An hour of continuing education credit will be available for attending educators and attorneys. For more information, call Judy Sorg at 925-0311 or send e-mail to JSorg@CFDeKalb.org.