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Citadel News Service
9 Feb 2011

Regional Literacy Program welcomes famed children's illustrator

E.B. Lewis’s Charleston school tour begins today

With the generous support of the Wal-Mart Foundation, noted children’s illustrator E.B. Lewis will visit local schools as part of The Citadel’s regional literacy enhancement program. Lewis, who has illustrated more than 50 books for children, including Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, will begin his three-day visit with Blaney Elementary School.

Lewis will visit five schools in the St. Paul’s School district during his stay in Charleston. He will also address community groups at Dart Library and Trident Technical College in Hollywood.

The Citadel’s literacy program was created to advance the literacy of underprivileged families in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.  The new literacy program brings authors and illustrators to Charleston’s schools.
“This new program is the product of many people’s dedication and contributions,” said Wendell Rodgers, professor in The Citadel’s School of Education and leader of the college’s literacy advancement initiative called Gear Up. 

“Recognizing the severity of our literacy problem, families and educators envisioned a program that would introduce children to the power of reading as a means to realize their potential and pursue their dreams. And, thanks to the Wal-Mart Foundation, this vision is now a reality,” said Rodgers.

Following is a schedule of Lewis’s visits:

Wednesday, February 9

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Blaney Elementary School, Hollywood

10:00 a.m.
Minnie Hughes Elementary School
Willtown Road, Yonges Island

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Jane Edwards Elementary School
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
John L. Dart Library, King Street
Community event

Thursday, February 10

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
E.B. Ellington Elementary School

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Trident Technical Community College

Executives from Wal-Mart and Wachovia will participate. Also invited are Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, Charleston School Superintendant Dr. Nancy McGinley, Hollywood Mayor Jackie Heyward and North Charleston Mayor Opal Baldwin have been invited.  A limited number of books will be available for purchase.

Friday, February 11

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Baptist Hill School

To learn more about E.B. Lewis, visit

For additional information, contact Mark Danes (843-953-6779 or 843-302-2762) or Wendell Rodgers (843-364-5539).



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