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Utah literacy efforts honored

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SANDY — Innovative efforts to improve Utah's literacy received special recognition by Lt. Gov. Olene Walker Friday during the second annual Literacy Summit at Sandy's South Towne Expo Center.

The Utah Power Fund/PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning was honored for its investments in progressive programs to enhance literacy in the state. The foundation is involved with a three-year, $1 million program to improve childhood literacy.

Norma Procarione, library director at the Price City Library, was honored for the library's literacy program that started in 1989.

Karen Ashton from the Ashton Family Foundation was also recognized for founding and organizing the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. This event, plus the Orem Public Library, has raised more than $1.5 million for children's literacy programs at the library.

Bonnie Morgan, of the Utah State Office of Education, was honored for her work as the Title I reading specialist, early childhood education specialist, director of curriculum and other positions that have improved literacy among the young.