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Literacy Network of Dane County gears up for official grand opening

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fall classes are completely filled as Literacy Network of Dane County celebrates a fresh chapter at its new Madison Southside learning center.

On Monday, Literacy Network of Dane County Executive Director Jeff Burkhart stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the Grand Opening planned for Wednesday, October 26.

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with comments from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Madison College President Jack Daniels III.  

A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the official Grand Opening. The public is invited to attend.

A special announcement is also expected to update the on-going "Growing Through Literacy" campaign, and a donor wall created in collaboration with Dane Arts will be revealed. Every donor who contributed $1000 or more in support of Literacy Network's efforts will be recognized during the event.  

"There are 55,000 adults across Dane County, or 1 in 7, who are struggling with low literacy," said Burkhart.  "Children’s success in school is related to their parents' literacy level. This larger space will allow us to increase educational outcomes and reduce poverty for more families. This will help the entire community."

The renovated building is four-times the size of the former location, and includes sunny, welcoming, and large classrooms, tutoring spaces, a library, and a dedicated area for childcare. 

The campaign aims to raise funds to increase organizational capacity. This fall, 730 adult learners are enrolled in programs with another 114 people on the waiting list.

Partner agency Madison-Area Urban Ministry will also call the center its new home and will share Literacy Network’s classroom space.

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