The Lee County Literacy Coalition — a nonprofit United Way organization provides free literacy tutoring to adult learners — has welcomed two new directors.

Stacie Money has joined the organization as the administrative director and Tina Tatum is the new program director.

Money holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Auburn University and is originally from Mobile, Alabama. She will be working in outreach, funding, communications, office management, and development at the LCLC.

Money taught fifth grade reading for several years going on to start and operate Fringe Consignment in downtown Opelika for 11 years. Money also served on the Opelika Main Street board and won the Main Street Alabama Community Award as well as the 2013 Small Business of the Year in Alabama award.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Tina Tatum has lived in Auburn for about 12 years and has been a reader for as long as she can remember. As the former owner of The Gnu’s Room Book Store in Auburn and Opelika, she lived her dream surrounded by books and book lovers for nine years. 

Tatum attended Auburn University where she was a proud member of the marching band for two years, and she graduated from AUM with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing. Being the program director at LCLC gives Tatum the opportunity to use her people and planning skills to promote literacy, a mission that is close to her heart.

Adult illiteracy is a problem that affects people in more ways that most people realize. Reading is necessary for all the things you do on a daily basis without any extra thought — shopping, reading road signs, banking, taking medicine, finding a phone number, passing a driver’s license test, trying a new recipe and so much more.

Adult illiteracy can also be embarrassing, and asking for help is extremely difficult. The goal of the new directors is to reach more people in the community through programs that can benefit them and span topics like financial literacy ad driver’s license courses, among others.

If people can be reached through these means, LCLC can then reach out to them about the literacy tutoring and GED help.

To raise awareness, LCLC has launched a “Lee County Loves Reading” campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the problem of low literacy and get the word out that we can help those in our community break this cycle.

All you have to do is send in a picture of yourself reading or with your favorite book along with a statement giving LCLC permission to use your photo on social media.

You can send in your photos to stacie@leecountyliteracy.org and then look for them on Lee County Literacy facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information about LCLC, visit www.leecountyliteracy.org.

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