It was a fitting way to recognize the 2012 National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week—a Capitol Hill event that recognized leaders in literacy. David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, presented the 2012 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy to New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, founder of the Wish You Well Foundation.
Ruth Johnson Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, the largest membership organization of adult literacy and basic education programs, was also honored. Pamela Heintz, president of the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, accepted the award on Colvin’s behalf.
Representative Phil Roe (R-TN), co-chair of the U.S. House Adult Literacy Caucus, spoke at the event. Other award recipients included:
- Save Adult Ed Campaign, a group of advocates in Los Angeles who fought to save adult education funding in that state
- Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), who introduced the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2012
As a leader in the fight for national literacy through his foundation Wish You Well, Baldacci shares a passion for adult literacy and basic education with ProLiteracy, and he visited with ProLiteracy staff in 2011. He also joined Harvey to do important advocacy work on Capitol Hill.
Colvin founded Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) in the 1960s. The model—teaching literacy through volunteer tutors—spread to every state in the nation through the efforts of both LVA and Laubach Literacy. In 2002, LVA merged with Laubach Literacy to form ProLiteracy.
Read more about ProLiteracy’s history and find information about Ruth Colvin’s books.
Top: David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, presenting the 2012 Literacy Leadership Award to bestselling author David Baldacci.
Bottom: Pamela Heintz, president of the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, accepting the Literacy Leadership Award on behalf of Ruth J. Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy.