Schools join literacy effort

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cassville and Wheaton schools participated in an effort to promote child literacy this past week.

Author Jane E. Halley, a resident of Unionville who has been a teacher for 25 years, travelled to Cassville Intermediate School and Wheaton Elementary School on Dec. 18 to perform a reading of her new book, "The Unidentified Flight-less Object."

Halley's stops in Barry County are part of a tour of the southwest Missouri region. Her readings are sponsored by St. Louis-based Control Technology and Solutions (CTS).

"The Unidentified Flight-Less Object" is based on a series of true events revolving around the sighting of a mysterious object in "Grandma and Papa's pasture" in rural Missouri. According to Halley, the book contains character lessons on truth, fairness, friendship and trust.

To date, nearly 50 schools in Missouri have asked to be included in Halley's book-reading tour. Each participating school receives a free copy of Halley's book for their school's library courtesy of CTS.

"Our company is dedicated to strengthening education by creating better learning environments," said Bob Bennett, of CTS. "Child literacy is a very serious issue, and we are hopeful Jane's efforts will encourage kids of all ages to take a greater interest in reading."

According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 50 percent of American adults have limited basic reading and writing skills and 17 percent of adults in Missouri score in the lowest of five levels of literacy.

For more information on Halley's book, visit

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