A Shining Star of the 2009 Legislative Session

Robin Ferst was named a Shining Start of the 2009 Legislative Session. Comments were read on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives on January 26, 2009 by Representative Bob Smith.

"We are so proud and thankful of all that you have accomplished. You set a fine example for what is great about Georgia. We wish you the best and many successes in the future."
~ Representative Bob Smith, District 113

The 11Alive Community 2005 Service Award

Recognized as an outstanding local volunteer who has demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of her community, Robin Ferst Howser, Founder & Chair of Ferst Readers, has been chosen as a 2005 recipient of the 2005 11Alive Community Service Award.

Originating her literacy efforts in her very own neighborhood of Morgan County, Robin has since expanded her definition of “community” to include the entire state of Georgia. Under her tutelage, Ferst Readers now serves children under the age of 5 in the following communities: Butts, Calhoun, Carroll, Catoosa, Dade, Effingham, Greene, Hancock, Hart, Jasper, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Putnam, Seminole, Taliaferro, Walker, and Washington Counties as well as the residents of the John Hope Elementary School district in Atlanta, and G.O Bailey Elementary School district in Tift County.

Read more: The 11Alive Community 2005 Service Award

Literacy in Georgia

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 5 of our children lives in poverty
  • Approximately 61 percent of low-income
    families do not have a single piece of
    reading material suitable for a child
  • A third of our children come to school
    unprepared to learn
  • Only 29% of Georgia 4th graders read
    at or above proficiency
  • We have the nations third highest rate
    of high school dropouts
  • One in four adults in Georgia operates
    at a low literacy level
  • Illiteracy and low literate workers
    cost Atlanta $2.6 billion and Georgia
    businesses $7 billion each year

With your help, this can change…

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Thank you for visiting Ferst Readers!

Ensuring that children develop early literacy skills is one of the most important things we can do - as parents, as teachers - and as a society.

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