Literacy Week Inspires Local Students

Literacy Week Inspires Local Students

(Marietta, GA – November 1, 2021) - 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 through both in-person and online events at 49 schools in the Atlanta metro area. More than 25,000 students interacted with authors this year. 

“Reading is vital to 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 is a program that inspires thousands of local students and promotes lifelong reading habits.” 

Now in its 11th year, Literacy Week has impacted more than 160,000 students in schools throughout Cobb, Paulding, Cherokee, Bartow, and Fulton counties. Gas South, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cobb EMC, joined the program in 2015 as a co-sponsor. New York Times Best Selling Authors Brian Lies, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Jennifer A. Nielsen all participated in the Literacy Week program. Lies has been a part of the program since its inception. 

“Cobb EMC is such a strong supporter of education in the communities we both serve,” said Carley Stephens, Manager of Community Affairs at Gas South. “We believe that communities can only be well when children and families thrive. Education plays a huge part, so it makes sense to combine resources and collaborate on Literacy Week to bring this initiative to as many students as possible.” 

Literacy Week is held each year during the last week of October and included 16 authors 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 the largest provider of natural gas in competitive retail markets throughout the Southeastern U.S. Following the acquisition of Infinite Energy in 2020, Gas South now serves more than 425,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and wholesale customers in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and New Jersey. Gas South offers simple and straightforward rate plans, outstanding local customer service, and a promise to give 5% of profits to support children in need. 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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