Dr. Jeanne Cobb, Professor of Literacy and Director of the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education at Coastal Carolina University, was the featured speaker at the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club on September 28, 2016 at Beef o’Bradys. Dr. Cobb shared that South Carolina ranks 39th in the nation in literacy at the 4th grade level and 40th in literacy in the nation at the 8th grade level, and noted that South Carolina’s Department of Education has set a goal of 95% of South Carolina students in these grades achieving basic or above levels on literacy by 2020, a goal she is not expecting the state to reach, with levels currently at 56% in 4th grade and 70% in 8th grade in 2015. The Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education has served almost 700 students and families in the greater Grand Strand region and around the state, through focused and individualized assessment of literacy and coaching and tutoring to enhance literacy skills. She has been successful at bringing almost $300,000 to the center since she worked to found it in 2012, but noted that the center is in need of additional funding to support paying experienced teachers and tutors, additional reading apps to support tutoring, read aloud books to use with children, and volunteers to do story time and language activities with small children. Those interested in working with the center or exploring volunteer opportunities are asked to contact her at:www.coastal.edu/literacy.