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Literacy Council of LaPorte County

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In a hotly-contested competition, READ LaPorte County Inc. triumphantly spelled its way to win the Literacy Council of LaPorte County’s fifth annual Executive Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 24.

Team members included Timothy Stabosz, Sandra Provan, Michele Dzielinski, and Christine Rosario. This year’s winning word was “kinesitherapy” – a movement-related term.

The other three final teams in the bee were all previous winners, including Dunebrook, La Porte County Library, and Rotary Club of La Porte.

The event at the Best Western Conference Center drew more than 100 participants and supporters, including 14 teams of spellers representing agencies, businesses, and service clubs.

Sponsors included Alcoa Howmet – which fielded three teams, Centier Bank, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, Newby Lewis Kaminski and Jones, and Walmart.  The annual “Bee Basket” was donated courtesy of Pepperidge Farm at Lighthouse Outlet, and McDonald’s provided meal coupons as prizes.

Judges for this year’s event were Katherine Cope and Tom MacLellan. Mary Hedge again served as pronouncer.




OUR THANKS TO UNITY FOUNDATION OF LAPORTE COUNTY for ongoing grants in support of the Literacy Council's growth.

In addition, we thank the following funders:

  • Barker Welfare Foundation, Michigan City Community Enrichment Corp., City of Michigan City, NIPSCO, Alcoa Howmet, Milton and Sylvia Bankoff Fund, and Unity Foundation of LaPorte County for supporting the Special Reading Needs tutoring programs.


In November 2002, Unity Foundation and The Discovery Alliance held a forum to begin finding solutions for LaPorte County's very low literacy rate, as studies show nearly 50 percent of residents read at a minimal level. Healthy Communities was targeted as the potential coordinator to develop a countywide literacy coalition to address this important issue.

Over the past years, several dedicated literacy service providers and other supportive organizations have collaborated  with HCLC to grow this countywide effort.

Michigan City resident Judy Hanish is a part-time coordinator handling tasks such as strengthening marketing of programs and awareness of literacy in our community, creating a referral system, and helping recruit and train literacy volunteers. Our coalition is pursuing an aggressive strategic plan to fulfill these goals, with additional focus on early childhood literacy projects.

In addition, the Literacy Council was pleased to merge its efforts with Mayor Oberlie's Task Force on Literacy to work together to benefit the county. For more information about LaPorte County literacy projects, call Judy at 879-9486.


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