Cynthia Cromie has recently been awarded the 44th annual Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award for her pioneering efforts in improving literacy amongst teenage mothers and their children in Albany. Cynthia’s program, administered by a team consisting of the Mayor, the city schools, and neighborhood groups, provides books to mothers to foster reading and family discussion. Begun three years ago, the program has enrolled nearly two hundred moms. Here’s how Cynthia describes her project:
â€œThe idea is to give mother and child lots to talk about, lots to learn together, in the everyday context of home and family,â€ she said. â€œWe hope that Albany mothers will make reading and learning about things and talking them over with their children a comfortable and comforting daily habit. This habit, over time, will build a tight family bond.â€
The Troy New York Record has a detailed report about this award and the program which can be read here.
It is noteworthy that the newspaper’s title reads “Force behind literacy effort honored“. Cynthia’s mother and maternal grandmother were both described as “Forces of Nature”. They would take great pride in Cynthia’s accomplishments, as does the rest of the Clan. Our congratulations to Cynthia!