RISE Promotes Literacy with Cornhusker Book Drive

Posted 12 months ago

By Scott Carlson

RISEAccess to books has a serious impact on literacy rates in our State.

RISE Specialists from all over Nebraska want to change this as they work together on the state-wide Cornhusker Community Book Drive.

RISE Specialists feel that by increasing access to books for adults and youth in our communities, we can overcome the epidemic of illiteracy.

The North Platte community is collecting books that will be donated to the Pawnee Hotel Assisted Living Facility, The Rape and Domestic Abuse Program and the Connection Homeless Shelter.

They are looking for books from the following genres: Westerns, Inspirational, Self-Help, Eductional, Romance, Nonfiction, Biographies and Novels.  Additionally, they will accept all books for children and teens.

Books can be dropped of at these locations:

District #11 Probation

110 East 3rd Street

North Platte Public Library

120 West 4th Street

Professional Financial Advisors

501 South Jeffers

More information on the Cornhusker Book Drive can be found by visiting www.serve.nebraska.gov.

The area contact in North Platte is Jessica Spors, RISE Specialist for District 11 Probation.  She can be reached at (308) 534-4350 or by emailing jessica.spors@nebraska.gov.

RISE focuses on providing supportive services for adult and juvenile probationers in a group setting, with one-on-one sessions available as necessary. RISE Program Specialists work with a developed curriculum targeted for specific educational and/or employment skills.  The RISE Program curriculum consists of different tracks to fit the individual probationer.

Adults can participate in the employment track, focusing on attaining and maintaining employment; the education track, focused on attaining a GED (for those who are not high school graduates) and higher education; or a dual track, meaning probationers receive support in areas of education and employment.

The RISE juvenile school support track is designed to specifically target youth struggling in school academically, as well as with attendance and attitude. The Navigator Program adds additional support for those who are assessed as our highest risk probationers.