I became involved with Literacy Partners as a volunter on the special events committee. In keeping with our mission, we are committed to events which are linked to books and reading. Visiting classes if very moving, it's wonderful to see the commitment of students struggling to sound out words and improve their reading skills. Working with Fleet Bank (now Bankof America) we created the Fleet Scholars, a program to support and sponsor particular students. In honor of past board member Sonny Sloan we helped fund a class room at headquarters which is dedicated to her. Supporting Literacy Partners enables us to increase the number of adult New Yorkers we are teaching to read. We are hoping to obtain additional and improved teaching computers and to expand programs to teach particular practical skills. The board is made up of particularly committed members who contribute time and real effort toward helping the organization function effectively.