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RMC to host ‘Power of Literacy’ to discuss pressing literacy issues

BILLINGS, April 9, 2015 – The Rocky Mountain College Debate Society and Spiritual Life have invited Billings’ educational representatives to discuss the “Power of Literacy” on April 13, 2015, in the Great Room in Prescott Hall at 7:00 p.m. These representatives will be discussing the pressing issues surrounding children’s literacy.

Some of the questions to be addressed include:

  • Should we create new programs to help teach children to read?
  • Should we give resources to schools to better fund already existing programs?
  • Should money be allocated to schools to improve already existing programs, or should money be allocated to outside sources to create new programs?

The RMC Debate Team will first debate the topic and then introduce community experts who will share their work/opinions. Jeri Heard, the principal of Highland Elementary, and Angie Paris, the reading interventionist from Rose Park Elementary, will be among those in attendance to discuss these issues. 

“The goal of this event is to put a light on an issue that could cause issues for many of our youth,” said Shaelyn Sturdevant, the Vice President of the RMC Debate Team. “The debate team chooses to put on events like this to showcase our talents of speaking and to help get current local issues into the minds of our community in a setting where we can have open discussions and see how every person can help make a difference just by talking about it – communication is the first step to making anything happen.”

Although admission is free, people are invited to bring a children’s book to donate to a book drive to support Rose Park Elementary and their growing library.

Hors d’oeuveres will be provided. The discussion is open to the public, who is cordially invited to attend.