Georgia Magazine - January 2011 - (Page 14)

Wood competes in CEO Battle for Favorite Reader Paul Wood, president and CEO at Georgia EMC, in Tucker, believes reading to preschool‑age children is so important that he’s competing to be Georgia’s favorite reader to prove it. This month, Wood, along with oth‑ er Georgia CEOs, will raise awareness and funds for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) in its CEO Battle for the Favorite Reader Award. The FFCL provides books to Georgia children, ages 0 to 5. The books are free; all a parent has to do is register their child. Each month, FFCL mails an age‑appropriate book and newsletter featuring a book guide, child activity page and local literacy announcements to the child’s home. The cost of the program, which is funded solely by charitable dona‑ tions, is $3 a month or $36 a year. The goal of the FFCL is to improve a child’s reading readi‑ ness and school prepared‑ ness. This is accomplished by eliminating the key reason why parents do Paul Wood reads to preschoolers for the Ferst Foundation not read to their child— for Childhood Literacy’s CEO Battle. the lack of quality books in the home. Studies show that a par‑ the number of times you may vote. ent is four times more likely to read The first vote is free; each addition‑ to their child if books are present in al vote will cost $3, which sponsors a book for a Georgia child. Extra the home. From Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, a video votes and donations can be paid on‑ of Wood reading to children will line. The winner will be announced be available on the Ferst Founda‑ Feb. 14, 2011. The FFCL was founded in 2000 in tion website. How can you vote for Paul Wood as Georgia’s Favor‑ Madison. To date, they have mailed ite Reader? Go to www.ferstfounda 2 million books and operate in 75 and click on the link for Georgia counties. Their goal is to ex‑ the CEO Battle. You will be able to pand statewide. To find out if FFCL view his video and vote during the is funded in your county or to learn month of January. Anyone can vote more about starting this program, for Wood, and there is no limit to visit RiChaRd LuBRant Week of Volunteerism GEORGia EMC this group of volunteers descended upon the atlanta Community Food Bank in atlanta recently to put together 425 care packages that provided 7,933 meals for senior adults. the project was part of a statewide volunteer effort dubbed the “Electric Cooperative Week of Volunteerism,” in which employees of electric membership corporations (EMCs) throughout Georgia, Georgia Electric Membership Corp., Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. joined forces Sept. 25-Oct. 2 to benefit cities and counties across Georgia. in addition to the food drives, other projects included a daycare read-a-thon and two Lineman for Little Ones fundraisers, where EMC employees collected money to purchase toys, clothes and food for members in their community. 14 More online at GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - January 2011

Georgia Magazine - January 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Special Energy Report
A Country Boy Rolls
A Weekend in the Country
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Entry Form
Cookbook of the Month

Georgia Magazine - January 2011