Literacy Week goes virtual

Literacy Week goes virtual

Created to encourage students’ love of reading and creative writing, Cobb EMC and Gas South are proud to continue Literacy Week this year. The program reached students at nearly 30 schools in the Atlanta metro area, using online virtual platforms due to the pandemic.

“Reading is one of the most important components of a successful education, and literacy supports successful STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education,” said Mark Justice, Director of Education and Community Relations at Cobb EMC.  “Literacy Week inspires imagination and promotes lifelong reading habits.”

Developed by Cobb EMC in 2010, Literacy Week has impacted more than 150,000 students in Cobb, Paulding, Cherokee, Bartow, and Fulton counties. Gas South, a Cobb EMC subsidiary, joined the program in 2015 as a co-sponsor, and New York Times Best Selling Author Brian Lies has participated in the program since its inception.

“Cobb EMC has a strong education component to their community giving,” said Carley Stephens, Community Affairs Program Manager at Gas South. “This is why we thought co-sponsoring Literacy Week would be a great avenue to collaborate on.” Gas South has committed to returning five percent of its profits back to the community, specifically to children in need in three areas: basic needs, education, and illness and disability.

Literacy Week, held each year during the last week of October, included 10 authors this year that shared their books and illustrations with students. The program is offered to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  To learn more about the community programs at Cobb EMC and Gas South, visit and

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About Cobb EMC

Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative. The company safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 200,000 residential and commercial consumers in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC is consistently recognized for low-cost, reliable power, a commitment to renewable energy, and giving back to the communities it serves. Cobb EMC is one of the largest EMCs in the nation, and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Gas South is a leading provider of natural gas in the Southeast. For more information, visit

About Gas South

Gas South is a leading provider of natural gas in competitive markets throughout the southeastern U.S. The company serves more than 300,000 residential, business, and governmental customers in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Gas South offers simple and competitively priced rate plans, outstanding local customer service, and a promise to give back 5% of its profits to help children in need. Since 2016, Gas South has been recognized as one of the “Top Workplaces in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gas South is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cobb EMC, one of the country’s largest electric cooperatives. For more information, visit

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