Get ready for National Literacy Month with Chatham Literacy

By Vicki Newell

Pittsboro, NC – September is National Literacy Month, and Chatham Literacy will be spreading the word about the importance of literacy in our community.  You can help promote literacy by participating in one or all of these fun activities and events.

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Chatham Literacy’s 2016 campaign theme – Literacy: Never too young! Never too old! – will be featured on T-shirts designed by the winner of a new Chatham Literacy contest. Submissions are being accepted until July 31, and selection will be announced on August 5. Details on the contest are available at

Order a T-shirt now through September and you’ll reap rewards for an entire year. Anyone wearing a 2016 literacy T-shirt to participating businesses on the first Tuesday of each month will receive a discount that day.

The scope of the campaign has grown this year, with Orange Literacy and Durham Literacy co-sponsoring the T-shirt design contest and offering the winning T-shirt with their logo in their counties.

Order your T-shirt today at or call 919-542- 6424. T-Shirts ordered by August 8 will be offered at a discounted price of $20.

Visit the pirate ship!

Come out and support our literacy mateys during First Sunday activities in downtown Pittsboro, noon to 5 p.m. on September 4. Our pirates will be waiting for you at their pirate ship, where you can learn about Chatham Literacy's services, sign up to volunteer, sign up for services, or just say hi and cheer.

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Show that you care about literacy by wearing your literacy T-shirt from noon to 1 p.m. – or all day if you can – on September 8, International Literacy Day. Snap selfies and group photos of you and your friends wearing your shirts, then post them on Chatham Literacy’s Facebook page or email them to .

Participating businesses will be offering discounts all day on September 8 to customers wearing their 2016 literacy T-shirts.

Get in the swing

You won’t want to miss Chatham Literacy’s new FUNdraiser – Literacy Swings – from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on September 27 at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. For a $20 donation, you’ll be able to dance to the fabulous sounds of The Ambassadors, a 20-member swing-era band that has been pleasing area crowds since 2003.

Advance registration is required for Literacy Swings and can be made online at or by calling 919-542- 6424. Food and drinks are not included with your event donation.

Table and dining reservations must be made directly with the Roadhouse at 919-542- 2432. The Roadhouse will donate 10% of all event-related food and beverage sales to Chatham Literacy.

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