Community hits road for literacy

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The Blount County Literacy Council raised money and had a good time during a recent motorcycle ride at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson to benefit the organization.

The Literacy Council helps underwrite expenses for Blount County Adult Education at the Everett Learning Opportunties Center. Carol Ergenbright is an adult education coordinator and said the group raised about $1,000 during the April 21 event.

"It was our first time doing something like this. The committee did a good job organizing it," she said. "Another thing that impressed me was the community support."

Ergenbright said the weather was perfect for the event. "There were lots of people and activities. Members of the Literacy Council were out in force," she said. "We had terrific looking T-shirts and information about our programs for anybody interested."

People bought "lottery" tickets especially for the event and a chance win prizes like motorcycle boots from Elliott’s Boot Co.,
Dixie Stampede tickets and other prizes.

"I think it was a festive atmosphere and we were just really excited to try something totally new for us as a fundraiser and we’re very pleased with the support we had," she said. "We appreciate the Harley-Davidson dealership in allowing us to do this. I think people were already at the end of the event talking about next year. The chances are good we’ll do it again."

Dixie Iron Riders of Maryville led the two hour motorcycle ride. The route started and ended at the dealership. The riders,
between 40 and 50 of them, traveled to the Foothills Parkway and back.

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