It’s time for a virtual party—Kickin’ Chicken is back on Sat, Aug. 28!

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On the left, Laney Clark of Rojo, last year’s winner of the coveted “Golden Chicken” award. Presented by TLC Executive Director Katrina Watson (right). Photo via The Literacy Council Facebook Page

Give back from the comfort of your couch at this year’s virtual Kickin’ Chicken. On Saturday, August 28, The Literacy Council (TLC) will host the digital event, and you’re invited!

Kickin’ Chicken is a virtual party

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Transistor joins the virtual party. Photo via The Literacy Council

TLC’s popular fundraiser kicks off later this month, and you can watch from just about anywhere with an internet connection. Join in on the community fun while supporting adult literacy across Central Alabama.

Here’s the scoop:

  • When: Saturday, August 28, 5-6PM
  • Where: Virtual—join from your comfiest spot!
  • Entertainment: Features real stories of lives changed through TLC, performances from Transistor and The Afternoon, as well as a few surprises…
  • How to watch: This is a FREE event, but you need to register in advance using the “Purchase Tickets” option
  • Donate now

The Literacy Council celebrates 30 years

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Kickin’ Chicken will be a virtual event to keep everyone safe. Photo via The Literacy Council Facebook Page

TLC is celebrating a major milestone—30 years of improving the lives of Central Alabamians and their families through literacy education.

They offer a variety of programs from basic literacy skills to workplace literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and digital literacy. These programs change lives in our community, and help people reach their full potential.

Kickin’ Chicken’s community impact

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Pre-COVID tutoring days at TLC. Classes are now held virtually to keep learning safe (and fun!). Photo via The Literacy Council, Colin Peterson

This year’s event has some big shoes to fill. Kickin’ Chicken 2020 raised over $30,000 to help fund TLC‘s programs!

That money served over 9,000 individuals in our community, and helped them meet professional and personal goals like getting a driver’s license and conquering the GED.

Seeing donations in action

There’s nothing better than seeing the results of your donations first-hand. For TLC, this money means they can continue to transform lives.

I’d like to introduce you to one of their shining examples of success, Mr. M. He was a loyal student at TLC’s 1st Avenue North location, attending one class each week to improve his literacy.

When COVID reared its ugly head, TLC went virtual, which was a challenge for students like Mr. M who did not own a computer or have experience using one.

His desire to continue his education was so great that he not only purchased his own computer, but also mastered digital life and upped his courses. He has progressed so quickly that he now wants to become a peer tutor, all thanks to TLC and community donations. Plus, TLC recently received a grant that will allow them to loan laptops to other learners like Mr. M!

Volunteer with The Literacy Council

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Junior board members Val Williams and Emma Davis, with Birmingham City Councilor Crystal N. Smitherman. Photo via The Literacy Council Facebook Page

In case you missed it—TLC is always looking for volunteers to further their mission.

From members of the junior board to basic literacy and ESOL tutors, those volunteers make a world of difference every single day, helping increase literacy across Central Alabama.

“We are fortunate to have the support of these amazing young professionals who are passionate about making a difference. They have dedicated their time, talent and treasures to improve literacy in our communities. They recognize the importance of literacy in a person’s daily life and celebrate the successes of our learners along with the rest of our team.”

Katrina Watson, President & Executive Director, The Literacy Council

Who is ready for some kickin’ chicken? Join the virtual party on Saturday, Aug 28!

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