Another honor for Southern Pines thanks to Coble
Jul 27, 2012 -
(Washington, D.C.)----The accolades keep coming for Southern Pines – the latest coming from the congressman who represents the Moore County town in Washington. U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) has honored Southern Pines for being named as an All-America City.
Southern Pines community received the All-America City award from the National Civic League for its hard work towards elementary literacy. Congressman Coble inserted a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record – the official journal of House and Senate proceedings – to draw attention to the literacy accomplishments of the Southern Pines community.
"On behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate Southern Pines for being named an All-America City." Rep. Coble stated. "The city called its campaign, ‘Southern Pines Grows Great Leaders,’ and we are thrilled that National Civic League agrees with us that Southern Pines is a great place to learn and live."
Congressman Coble’s complete statement for Southern Pines’ All-America Award is listed below:
"Mr. Speaker, we are excited to report that a city in the Sixth District of North Carolina has been nationally cited for its efforts to promote literacy. This is a prime example of where hard work pays off for Southern Pines, North Carolina. The plan to improve reading through the resources of a coalition of business, government and civic leaders has resulted in Southern Pines being named as an All-America City.
"Due to Southern Pines' development of a sensible and sustainable plan to increase grade-level reading proficiency by the end of the third grade, the National Civic League presented Southern Pines with the prestigious All-America City award on July 2, 2012, during the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network Conference and All-America City Award celebration. Southern Pines Library Director Lynn Thompson and her husband Bob Howell, Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Caroline Eddy, as well as PineStraw Magazine's Cos Barnes, accepted the award while representing Southern Pines during the conference in Denver.
"With the efforts of leaders in the community such as The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines Public Library, and Boys and Girls Club expanding their summer reading programs, they have renewed the enthusiasm for elementary literacy. "I think the award recognizes what a great community this is to live in," Mayor David McNeill told The Pilot. "I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard on this project, but the kids are the real winners. The efforts that they will put forth to improve their reading skills will benefit them for a lifetime."
"Deserving thanks and credit for their hard work and effort towards elementary literacy include Southern Pines Public Library, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sandhills, Moore County Chamber of Commerce, Moore County Literacy Council, Moore County NAACP, Partners for Children and Families, Sandhills Children's Center, and United Way of Moore County. Also deserving recognition for this prestigious award is Southern Pines Town Manager Reagan Parsons.
"On behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate Southern Pines for being named as an All-America City. The city called its campaign, "Southern Pines Grows Great Leaders," and we are thrilled that the National Civic League agrees with us that Southern Pines is a great place to learn and live."
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