On behalf of our hard-working literacy students, our volunteers and the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Literacy Council, I am writing to thank you for your wonderful support of literacy education on Cape Cod and to advise you of an upcoming change.
It is thanks to you that we have been able to honor the legacy of Scott Himstead,
(President and Publisher of the Cape Cod Times for 24 years), who in 1987 founded the CCLC to assure that every person on Cape Cod could be literate. Since then, we have trained over 2,200 volunteers to tutor over 5,800 students. Many literacy students went
on to achieve U.S. citizenship, start their own businesses, teach their children and grandchildren and contribute enormously to our community.
The legacy of literacy you helped us create has changed people’s lives and they in turn
are changing others. The legacy lives on. Whether as a volunteer, donor, sponsor, grantor
or event participant, YOU made this happen.
After 33 years, times have changed. The needs and priorities of the community have changed too. We are pleased to see new non-profits have grown up and are working to address and fulfill those needs.
It is with a feeling of great pride that we reflect on our accomplishments, thanks to
the efforts of so many, and with the recognition that now is the right time, the CCLC announces it will be closing its doors and recommending its services to other organizations throughout the Cape as of August 15, 2021.
We would be remiss if we did not highlight our long-term relationship with the
Cape Cod Times. Under the leadership of the current Publisher, Peter Meyer, the
Cape Cod Times continued to provide steadfast in-kind, financial and office support services over the years. Also, our four-year affiliation with JTEC brought much opportunity, growth and support to all members of our organization. We are especially grateful to Kris Dower, President and Judi Bricklin, Vice President of Finance, for their guidance and assistance.
In closing, we say farewell and thank you for giving your time, talents and energy to Literacy, The Greatest Gift of All!
CCLC Board Chair
Board of Directors
Executive Director, Kathryn Carpenter, has been a dedicated and outstanding literacy advocate for 23 years. The Board thanks her for her leadership. She will be busy finishing her work with the Council and is eager to try something new. So, keep watching for great things to come from her new endeavors.
Assistant Director, Laine Kotoski, has brought much energy to our group and has been a bright light in our program. She is transitioning to teaching English in Mexico and we wish her the best in her adventures.
Data Coordinator, Barbara Cushing, has contributed a great deal of ingenuity and expertise working with students and volunteers across programs and will be seeking new adventures.