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Mike Johnston keynote speaker for Literary Project luncheon on June 29

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Mike Johnston
Marie Griffin | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — This year’s Literacy Project luncheon and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 29, at 11:30 a.m. at The Four Seasons in Vail Village.

The annual luncheon event is a benefit for The Literacy Project of Eagle County, a nonprofit organization offering free assistance to Eagle County residents of all ages in acquiring the reading, writing and speaking skills that will help them thrive in our community.

This year’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker Mike Johnston. During the two terms Johnston served in the Colorado Senate (District 33), he helped pass major progressive legislation, including the Dream Act. He also sponsored the READ Act, which provided $20 million to school districts for additional literacy support programs, including full-day kindergarten. Johnston is a former educator and principal and the author of the book “In the Deep Heart’s Core.”

Johnston grew up in Eagle County, and his family owns The Christiana Lodge. In early 2017, he announced his candidacy for governor of Colorado. For his presentation at The Literacy Project luncheon, Johnston will address the future of education in Colorado.

For more information this year’s luncheon, visit literacyprojecteaglecounty.org.

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