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Senator honored for literacy support
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Forsyth County News


District 51 state Sen. Steve Gooch has been named to the Georgia Adult Literacy Advocates’ 2012 Legislative Literacy Honor Roll.

Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican whose district includes some of northern Forsyth County, said in a statement that education is one of the greatest drivers for a strong economy and productive work force.”

“Increasing the accessibility of adult learning programs is not only critical to supporting strong families, but also vital to safeguarding Georgia’s future economic growth and competitiveness,” he said.

The advocates group is a statewide adult education organization that works to increase awareness, support and funding for adult literacy efforts.

The  honor roll recognizes elected officials who are dedicated to promoting adult literacy and education in their communities.
Gooch was recognized for his work to address the education and work force development needs of adults in north Georgia, specifically the Lumpkin County Coalition for Adult and Continuing Education.

In addition, the lawmaker has helped provide financial support to local reading coalitions.

John Greheim with the Lumpkin County group said he was pleased to honor Gooch.

“His steadfast efforts to advance adult literacy and education have made a significant difference in the lives of individuals throughout his community,” Greheim said.