Madison Literacy a finalist

The Madison County Literacy Coalition is one of 32 finalists in a nationwide competition for an All-America City Award from the National Civic League, said an announcement about the coalition of school, government and community representatives.

Finalists were from more than 120 cities and regions that joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network and submitted plans for improving early childhood reading levels communitywide.

The National Civic League will announce the 2012 award winners July 2. The award, in its 63rd year, is given annually to 10 communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments; this year it focuses on comprehensive and sustainable plans to increase grade-level reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

The Madison County Literacy Coalition, formed in 2009, developed a "Community Solutions Action Plan" that was submitted for national adjudication in March. Among its managing partners are officials from Madison-Oneida BOCES, Mid-York Library System, Oneida Public Library, Central New York Community Foundation, Colgate University, Madison County government, and Canastota and Morrisville-Eaton school districts. Visit www.madisoncountyliteracycoalition.org/