Anyone who came up in the 1970s or before, remembers the slogan Reading is Fundamental, or RIF.
That marketing effort emphasized the point that being able to read is a basic element in so many things we do.
That fact hasn’t changed in the 35 or 40 years since that campaign began. Reading is still a basic requirement for virtually everything we do, from operating our computers to driving our cars.
Now, the WakeEd Partnership has turned its attention to the topic and it is focusing on the literacy needs of eastern Wake County.
That’s welcome news.
The group plans a series of meetings in all three eastern Wake County towns and in Rolesville over the next few weeks.
Meetings won’t increase literacy in and of themselves, but they do give residents an opportunity to better understand the depth and breadth of the challenges people in eastern Wake County face. And those meetings can also serve as a boost to many of us who are in a position to help improve literacy rates in our area.
So we encourage you to attend a meeting. Learn more about the importance of literacy and the opportunities we have to increase one of life’s most basic and necessary skills.
The first meeting has already been held in Zebulon. Future meetings will be held Aug. 24 in Knightdale, Sept. 7 in Rolesville and Sept. 21 in Wendell.
Spend an hour of your time to learn more about how you can be part of the solution.