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Being able to read well is more important than ever for young adults to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high school students score below “proficient” in reading achievement, according to a December 2011 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

“Teen literacy is a huge problem in the United States – its 15- year-olds rank 14th among developed nations in reading – behind Poland, Estonia and Iceland,” says Rhiannon Paille, 27, an advocate for teen literacy whose new fantasy novel, Flame of Surrender targets young adults. (South Korea, Finland and Canada rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd.)


At the NC Excellence in Community College Awards ceremony April 19 in Raleigh Darrin Bark will represent not only Southwestern Community College but the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts.

With the theme of “The Great Within the 58,” the ceremony will honor the top student from each of the state’s 58 community colleges. Bark, who is from the Paintown community of Cherokee, graduated in December with his Associate in Fine Arts degree from OICA.


The Board of Education unanimously approved the 2012/2013 school calendar during Monday night’s regularly schedule.

The calendar, which is now being sent to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and State Board of Education for approval, has designated August 9 as the first student day for next school year, with the first teacher workday falling on August 2 and the last day of school for students will fall on May 24.


• Family Storytimes for ages 18 mos. - 5 yrs. Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (Kids, wear your pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll and listen to bedtime stories.)

• Tuesday, 4-5pm, K-5th Grade, Club Discovery! This month’s theme is ‘Nature.’ Don’t forget to sign up ahead of time at the Children’s Desk.

• Wednesday, Home School Book Talk for 3rd – 5th grade, 1:00p.m.

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