NCRA President

Denise Owens' Message

Dear NCRA Member,

I am so excited to have you as a member of the North Carolina Reading Association, Inc.  Though 2020 has been faced with challenges, you have pushed forward and because of your continued support of literacy, you are making a difference!  Our local councils are the heart of our organization and we are here to support you. We hope that providing the 20 for 2020 initiative will enable you and your council the opportunity to learn with and from one another, and build connections across the state. 

With so much happening in the world, the Young Authors Writing Project theme, Let Your Light Shine, is an avenue for you and your students to let your voices be heard. How have you been positive during these difficult times? Who are your heroes that have positively impacted you by their words and actions? What can you do to be a changemaker? These are just a few of the ideas that are prominent during this time in our lives.


I have found that even though I feel bombarded and overwhelmed, the spark within me has been reignited as I attend local council workshops, professional development sessions and author book talks. I know that you have that passion and commitment as well, because through everything, you continue to be a valuable part of NCRA. Continuing to grow in our profession is of utmost importance, so I hope that you will consider attending the NCRA Conference in March 2021. 


As a final thought, I recently attended a workshop by author Cleere Cherry and she stated, “we plan what we prioritize.”  What a powerful statement! I also believe that we put time, effort, and value into what we prioritize. So on behalf of NCRA and the students throughout the state that you positively impact every day, thank you for making being part of NCRA a priority. 


Thank you for your dedication, commitment, and service as a literacy leader! I look forward to seeing the great things you are doing!




Denise Owens

NCRA President