Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri is thrilled to announce the launching of Cagle Rural Reading (CRR). CRR is a non-profit with the mission of promoting literacy through technology. Currently, the Board of Directors of CRR is acceptingr grant applications in order to award funding this fall. The application deadline is October 1, 2013. More information is available through The Cagle Law Firm (see contact information below).
The Board of Directors of CRR is comprised of educational experts in the greater St. Louis area, and funding opportunities are available to any educational organization in rural or suburban Missouri including schools, libraries and pre-K through adult literacy programs.
So, why a literacy non-profit funded by a St. Louis personal injury attorney?
Zane Cagle is a 1994 graduate of Stockton High School in Stockton, Missouri Many of Zane’s high school and college teachers and friends know t Zane struggled with literacy well into his college years. His struggle to learn to read and process information was not a reflection on his academic institutions. He feels his teachers, friends and family assisted a great deal in helping him overcome his literacy challenges. Zane stated, “I could not have done it alone. Not being able to read was something that I hid and quite honestly, I deflected attention from it through active participation in sports and other school activities—I was embarrassed. How did I not learn to read when all of the students around me could?” Zane now has a deeper understanding of his experiences as he explains, “Through my struggle, I had to overcome many challenges both socially and academically. I am a better person from those experiences, however, if our non –profit can assist one person so they do not have to carry around the stigma of being a “non-reader”, then we will feel successful”, Zane further said. “Not being able to read is a lot to carry around personally. As I have children of my own, success in literacy has become increasingly important to me for my children, my client’s children and community”.
Because of the positive impact technology made on Zane’s literacy growth, the non-profit elected to include technology as part of its mission in the promotion of literacy. Easy access to the internet opened Zane’s world of reading. “Just the opportunity to access short articles on topics I loved such as sports and cars was a lot less intimidating that tackling a huge novel. I had to use my brain like any other muscle throughrepetition and attempting to read every day. A strong work ethic was required and I think if there is one thing that I learned from high school athletics and my father, it was the value of a strong work ethic. A strong work ethic is so applicable to everything you do in life.”
The Board of Directors include: President, Dr. Jo Nell Wood, Associate Professor at Saint Louis University; Vice-President, Dr. Scott Hayes, Assistant Superintendent, Gasconade County R-II School District; Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Jo Cagle, The Cagle Law Firm; and members: Mary Scheetz, The Waters Foundation; and Rena Rockwell, Director of Professional Development of Ritenour Public Schools. The board members have an educational background with years of expertise from which they developed the mission, grant process and grant evaluation. The actual grant overview, application and evaluation are available to anyone or group who wishes to have more information or apply. The Board of Directors has complete discretionary power to review grant applications and award funding.
What is the funding source for Cagle Rural Reading?
A portion of Zane’s attorney fees from large settlements and trial verdicts are directly donated to Cagle Rural Reading foundation. Grant applications are submitted to the Board of Directors for review and rating. Grant applications are reviewed and recipients notified and awarded. Applcations are taken year round with a submission deadline each year of October 1.
Any educational organization is encouraged to examine their literacy goals and technology needs and specifically how they might be used together. CRR encourages organizations to consider application for funding assistance. Rural and suburban groups such as schools, libraries and literacy groups are encouraged to apply. Zane has created a YouTube video entitled “The CRR Story” to share his personal literacy story and reason for starting the foundation.
Cagle has been fortunate to have such a great group of people volunteer to be on the Board of Directors. “It becomes obvious to me daily that the perception of lawyers is that we take and take, yet many attorneys give back to their communities in many different was. Many people talk about giving back to communities and we hope this non-profit will be a tool for us to actually do so” said Cagle.
For Grant Overview, Grant Application and Application Criteria/Evaluation, please see applications and contact information below: