Bringing Literacy to Life with a special message

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Two employees of our stations WOOD TV8 and WOTV 4 Women were honored in a special way. The Kathryn Timmer Literacy Award is presented to those who work to provide confidence and hope to children and young adults with dyslexia.

Since 2006, this award celebrates individuals or companies at Bringing Literacy to Life event. Funds that are raised provide the tools to spread literacy in our community. Eva Aguirre Cooper has been the Community Affairs Director at WOOD TV8 since 1998. Host of the weeknight half-hour program, “Where You Live,” Maranda is the WOTV 4 Women, kids and family expert.

By sharing their personal journeys with a learning disability, Eva and Maranda have inspired others who struggle with dyslexia to overcome daily challenges, and reach their full potential. Some of the past recipients of the Kathryn Timmer Literacy Award include Amway Corporation and Grand Rapids Public Schools. To learn more about SLD Read visit

Congratulations to Eva Aguirre Cooper and Maranda! Watch the video above to learn more.

SLD Read is a non-profit community resource serving West Michigan. Their vision is a community working together for literacy that empowers all individuals to achieve their full potential. To reach this vision, they help individuals with dyslexia, learning differences, and other reading challenges to develop lifelong language skills through their multi-sensory program. SLD Read works to increase community awareness and understanding of literacy issues.

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