MONUMENT VALLEY — Louise Rock's efforts to improve literacy on the Navajo Indian Reservation have earned her a Governor's Points of Light Award. She will be among those honored March 26 in Salt Lake City.
For years, Rock has collected books — nearly 3,000 — to establish a library in her home. Each Thursday night she travels from home to home picking up children who want to attend her literacy night. She also checks out books to anyone who wants to read. Her library also includes five discarded computers she hopes to set up this summer.
Rock — who still has no running water or electricity in her home in Monument Valley — works for the Navajo Nation's Community Land Use office and in January joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program, helping operate the Monument Valley Center for the College of Eastern Utah. Her husband, Harry, is a bus mechanic for the San Juan School District in Blanding, with a daily 160-mile commute. They have three children and have cared for nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rock has also served as PTA president at Mexican Hat Elementary and Monument Valley High schools; as a census worker and poll judge; and has been active in community development projects.