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Benefit Breakfast | Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7:00am 

Lacey Community Center

  • Enjoy inspiring conversation with Merritt Long local author and education advocate.


  • Honor local Literacy Champions for their exceptional commitment to literacy.


  • Invest in children's literacy and bring the joy and promise of books and reading to all South Sound Children.


Start your day among readers and leaders! South Sound Reading Foundation's annual benefit breakfast features an inspiring chat with Merritt Long and honors our 2022 Literacy Champions.


Keynote Speaker Merritt Long is a long-time philanthropist and education advocate in Thurston County. Author of My View from the Back of the Bus, Merritt shares his experience with segregation and racism, and how his journey led him to become a widely admired community leader, a loving husband and father, and a mentor and benefactor to the next generation of young people who struggle to overcome economic hardship and the still-present barriers of entrenched, systemic racism.

This is a free event. An invitation to invest in our mission and support children's literacy will be made during the program.  

When: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Where: Lacey Community Center | 6729 Pacific Ave. SE

Questions? Email read2me@nthurston.k12.wa.us

Presenting Sponsor:

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

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Venue Sponsor

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Literacy Lover Sponsors


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The Twisted Pair Equity Partners


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In-kind Sponsors


Photos by John O'Leary