September 29, 2011
As a local English teacher, I've had the privilege of working with the National Steinbeck Center for over 10 years in their literacy outreach program to our city's middle school students. Their "Steinbeck Young Authors" program has inspired thousands of students to not only appreciate the power of Steinbeck's writing, but to feel empowered to see themselves as writers. Thanks to its grand vision, the Steinbeck Center plays a vital role in enhancing the cultural and literary strengths of Salinas, which struggles greatly against gang violence and low literacy rates. We're fortunate to have this jewel in our city.
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