Deupree Recognized for
Samford student Scarlotte Deupree
of Sylacauga continues to be amazed at the widespread illiteracy
in Alabama. And she remains convinced she can do something about
"Our state alone has over 900,000 citizens, 25 percent of
Alabama's population, that cannot function beyond the fifth grade
level of comprehension," says the junior English major.
"They are functionally illiterate."
Several years ago, Deupree began teaching non-reading adults
to read. She and her mother, Joy, helped revive the Literacy
Council of Sylacauga. Within three months, they had trained 25
tutors who were ready to help non-readers on a one-to-one basis.
The problem of illiteracy seems overwhelming at times, says Deupree,
but she believes with more awareness and involvement from Alabama
citizens, "our literacy rate will begin to change one step
at a time."
For her efforts, Deupree received the Daily Point of Light Award
for June 14 from The Points of Light Foundation of Washington,
D.C. Co-sponsored by the Corporation for Public Service and the
Knights of Columbus, the program honors an individual or organization
each day for volunteering to meet critical community needs.
Deupree, a singer, was named Miss Samford 2001 in October. She
was third runner-up in the 2000 Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant