February Book of the Month: Up From Slavery

 

“I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed.”

 

Up From Slavery

Booker T. Washington

In 1902 Booker T. Washington wrote his autobiography detailing his life from childhood as a slave during the Civil War, following his passion for education and determination as the way to better oneself and his life as a public speaker.  His story is motivational, inspiring and enduring making it the perfect read in Black History Month.

Audio version (free):  https://librivox.org/up-from-slavery-by-booker-t-washington

 

 

 

We Support School Choice

During National School Choice Week we call upon our elected officials to support expanded school choice in Pennsylvania, including expansion of educational scholarships to provide expanded opportunities to K-12 students.  Parents must have choices that allow their child to access educational opportunities that meet their needs.

 

A Proclamation Commemorating School Choice Week

WHEREAS all children in our area should have access to an effective education that prepares them for successful adulthood; and,

WHEREAS quality education is essential to the economic and social strength of our area; and,

WHEREAS our area is home to a multitude of excellent education options from which parents can choose for their children; and,

WHEREAS it is important that all parents explore and identify the best educational choices for each child: and,

WHEREAS, research demonstrates that providing children with multiple education options improve academic performance regardless of family income, location, or learning ability; and,

WHEREAS, programs such as Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit which provide scholarships to students fleeing failing or inadequate schools deny more than 50% of applicants for lack of funds due to arbitrary tax credit caps; and

WHEREAS, School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for additional educational options;

NOW, THEREFORE, on this 18th day of January, 2019, We, SUN Area Council of Republican Women, do hereby recognize January 20-26, 2019 as SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK, and call this observance to the attention of all area residents. Further we call upon our elected State Representatives and State Senators to champion legislation that expand educational choice throughout the Commonwealth.

/s/ Irene C. Harris, President – SUN Area Council Republican WOmen

 

January Book of the Month: Make Your Bed

“Start your day with a task completed.”

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World

Admiral William H. McCraven, US Navy Retired

 

Written by a career military man who took the lessons learned in his SEAL training to push past obstacles to success, Make Your Bed is a collection of stories punctuating core principles that upon becoming habits empowers us to face adversity and challenges, and thrive.

 

 

 

September is Literacy Month

The National Federation of Republican Women has designated September as Literacy Month. Working in concert with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the NFRW asks Republican women’s clubs to participate by sharing in community literacy projects.

SUN Area Council of Republican Women will be taking book donations for a Title I classroom. If you would like to donate any books, please bring them to the October meeting or contact Irene Harris, President to make arrangements to have your donation picked up. One book can make a difference in a child’s life. Reading is everything.

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SUNACRW Recognized for Its Participation with the Barbara Bush Literacy Program

2015 Literacy Certificate

In 2002, the NFRW Literacy Committee launched NFRW Literacy Month. Each September, local clubs have the opportunity to share their community literacy projects and ideas with other councils.  SUNACRW has been recognized for its continued activities to promote literacy within the tri-county area.  SUNACRW continues to add to a pre-school library for at-risk children within a local community organization providing services to women and their young children.  Over the years SUNACRW members have contributed dozens of books to this effort, acted as adult literacy tutors and promotes reading as a road to success.

We believe as Barbara Bush, ““The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”

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