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    Pacific Athletics, Dean Lynn Beck Honored With 2010 Literacy Awards

    Sep 17, 2010

    The Pacific Athletic Department was honored Tuesday night at the San Joaquin A+ Eleventh Annual Spirit of Literacy Awards Gala. The event was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The evening is the highlight of San Joaquin County Reads Week, September 10-19. Reads Week is a week "set aside" for literacy activities throughout San Joaquin County.

    The Spirit of Literacy Awards was created to recognize individuals and organizations that contribute to the awareness and development of literacy activities in San Joaquin County.

    Pacific Athletics received the Spirit of Literacy Awards as a School Departmental Literacy Champion. Pacific Athletics joins Lynn Beck, Dean of the Benerd School of Education, who was awarded the School Administrator in Literacy Award.

    "I am very proud of our staff and student-athletes for earning this award," said Pacific Director of Athletics Lynn King. "This is an outstanding example of the type of community outreach that our department has been doing for years."

    Pacific and the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County teamed up to "Take a Time Out for Reading" at a media timeout of the Tigers' game against UC Davis in January. All fans in the Spanos Center stood and read silently for one-minute as a show of solidarity that Stockton cares about reading and is working to improve its literacy rate. Many fans also made book donations for Reach Out & Read San Joaquin. In March, members of the men's basketball, women's volleyball, field hockey, golf and water polo teams read to local children in grades K-3. Coaches and administrators joined the student-athletes in reading to children at two local schools, Rosa Parks Academy School and River Oaks Elementary.

    In addition, the Pacific Athletic Department teamed up with the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive, and their kick off for an annual summer reading program.

    San Joaquin A+ is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, which acts as a catalyst to enhance the education of the youth of San Joaquin County. Since it's beginning in 1997, A+ has provided an opportunity for networking, programs, and services to over 150 school sites in each of the 14 school districts in San Joaquin County. The year 2010-2011 will be Literacy, History, and the Arts.