About Us

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Leaders of A.L.L. (from left) Jennifer Doby, Sara Kerley, Elizabeth Ibarra Gaylor, Leslie Kutz, Yvette Spencer, and Melinda Shoemate pose for a photo in September 2014 at the Ardmore Public Library. (The Ardmoreite)

Our History
In the fall of 2013, nonprofit professionals working in areas of literacy founded Ardmore Literacy Leadership as an organization to help local literacy programs better serve the residents of Southern Oklahoma. With a mission to grow literacy and education throughout Southern Oklahoma, Ardmore Literacy Leadership provides a multitude of literacy support through nine unique member organizations and four community partner organizations.

Our Mission
To grow literacy and education throughout Southern Oklahoma.

Our Vision
Ardmore Literacy Leadership strives to meet the literacy needs of Southern Oklahomans through a variety and multitude of services. Each group provides a unique characteristic to this partnership. The partners of A.L.L. work together to provide technology skills, GED classes and family preparedness, improve reading and math skills, promote social justice, prevent homelessness and improve self-sufficiency, and to invest in the future of our community by mentoring a child and expanding literacy skills of those in need. We support local groups and help them meet the growing literacy needs of the community.

Our Funding

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Brittney Adams accepts a certificate of competition from Riley Seals, representing Dollar General, at a ceremony for Ardmore Family Literacy, in 2014. (The Ardmoreite)

As a nonprofit organization, the work and services of Ardmore Literacy Leadership are made possible through donations and grants. A.L.L. applauds the work of Dollar General Literacy Foundation, who has generously supported literacy services in Ardmore through the Expanding Access project. Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been a supporter of literacy initiatives since 1993. A.L.L. was made possible by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Ardmore Literacy Leadership Board of Directors 2019-20
President: Leslie Kutz, Ardmore Family Literacy
Vice President: Joanne Thomas, Hickory Creek Child Center
Treasurer: Terri Greer, University Center of Southern Oklahoma
Secretary: Charlotte Miller, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Past President: Elizabeth Ibarra Gaylor, Ardmore Public Library
Board Members: Ellen Roberts, The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma; Ginny Little, The Reading Room, Inc.; Amy Miller, Boys & Girls Clubs of Red River Valley/Wilson & Ardmore

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Want to learn more about our events, services and advocacy in Ardmore and the surrounding communities? Check out our blog.
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