Literacy Week in Review | July 1st

News and Events
ICYMI: The Literacy Cooperative Granted $500,000 Gift from Third Federal Foundation

Establishes the Kurt Karakul Prize to honor the retiring director.
CLEVELAND – June 24, 2021 – Marc A. Stefanski, Chairman and CEO of Third Federal announced a $500,000 gift to The Literacy Cooperative to establish the Kurt Karakul Prize. The gift honors Karakul, the retiring executive director of the Third Federal Foundation.  

The Third Federal Foundation was formed in 2007. Karakul was the first director of the Foundation, leading impactful initiatives in education, housing and healthcare in the communities Third Federal serves, and most directly, in Slavic Village, where the company was founded in 1938. 

Karakul has been an important and valued member of The Literacy Cooperative’s Board of Trustees for nearly a decade, and he will continue his board service after retirement. The Literacy Cooperative is thankful for his years of dedicated service to literacy and the Greater Cleveland community.  

“This very generous gift represents an opportunity to raise awareness around the importance of literacy in honor of Kurt,” said Bob Paponetti, President and CEO of The Literacy Cooperative. 

This gift will allow The Literacy Cooperative to develop an award focused on those who, like Karakul, are literacy champions and making a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work.  

To learn more about this award, visit
Upcoming Professional Development Sessions

4th Annual 2Gen Summit:

July 21 | 10AM-12PM

Join us for the fourth annual event spotlighting whole family services in our community. A two-generation (2Gen) approach builds family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives.

This year’s summit will have a variety of breakout choices and networking opportunities. Best of all, you will select the session of most interest to you! Five 2Gen initiatives will share their progress, lessons learned, and how they incorporated the voices of families. We will have time devoted to networking and the topics can be chosen by you!  Additionally, there will be options to learn more about Family-Centered Coaching resources, Race, Inclusion, and Equity (REI) assessments for organizations, and much more!

Register for free here

NEW: Engaging Writing Activities Using Online Tools
July 23 | 10AM-12PM

After a year of teaching creative writing online, Lake Erie Ink’s Education Director, Cynthia Larsen, is back with some new digital activities to share with teachers.

Learn how to engage and motivate your students to write individually and collaboratively. Projects presented will include using Google slides for informational research comics, using Google docs and Jamboard to improve writing and teaching poetry, and writing choose your own adventure stories. Need some fresh ideas and handy tools? This session will give you ideas you can implement right away.

Register for free here

This Week in Literacy

Refresh: What does The Literacy Cooperative Do?

A lot. In addition to administering Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Cuyahoga County, TLC works together with other northeast Ohio organizations to advance literacy in the region through advocacy, training programs, workforce development, and research. 

Watch our YouTube video about it here

Savvy Spenders: Cleveland Fed teaches kids financial literacy through fun summer programs
Danny Fogarty, Fresh Water Cleveland

Cleveland Fed this year is offering seven activities throughout the summer designed to educate young people on finance and give them a chance to work with their families and interact with fellow Cleveland-area students.

These programs are all free of charge, most of them are virtual, and cover a wide variety of topics ranging from gardening to financial coding—and all are centered around financial literacy.

Read more here

Opinion: Ohio cannot abandon kids who need child care
The Enquirer

"The ripple effects of eliminating Step Up To Quality will be felt for years to come. State legislators must do the right thing and 'step up' to support quality child care in Ohio." 

Read more here

Make A Difference In Your Community By Enlisting as a NEO Skill Corp Member! Deadline Approaching.

Do you want to make a difference in your community, gain professional experience, and develop a strong network? Apply to be a NEO Skill Corps member! 

Read more here


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is now available in all Ohio counties! The Literacy Cooperative administers the program in Cuyahoga County and Wickliffe. Children under five who live in these counties are eligible to receive high-quality, free books each month! For registration in other counties, please visit

Want to sign up or share this great news with friends and colleagues? Visit
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