The Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT) exists to impact the lives of undereducated adults, their families, and the community at large by providing programs that assist people in completing their education, finding employment, and being more self-sufficient in their daily lives. LCOT offers Basic Education, GED, and ESL classes. They also have a successful family literacy program at the Family Learning Center of Tyler. Their programs serve a three-county region, and LCOT reaches approximately 2,300 adult students annually with a staff of 44 and 360 volunteers.
Serving as its major fundraiser, the Literacy Council of Tyler’s Annual Corporate Spelling Bee will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at the CrossWalk Conference Center at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. Through stiff competition, outrageous costumes, and contagious laughter, the Spelling Bee is a fun way for businesses and organizations to promote team spirit while supporting literacy at the same time.
Kathy Babin serves as a member of the LCOT board of directors and knows the impact that the organization is making. “When adults improve their educational level, they not only benefit financially, they learn to value their own education and the education of their children,” Mrs. Babin said. “The services provided by LCOT contribute to an improved quality of life for those served and to the overall quality of life in Tyler.”
Outside of her service to LCOT, Mrs. Babin serves on the board of directors for People Attempting to Help (PATH). She is a past president of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. and the Gertrude Windsor Garden Club.
“Helping others gives me joy and satisfaction and allows me to pay forward the many advantages I’ve had in life. It is my privilege to provide a helping hand to others who have not been as blessed,” Mrs. Babin said.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Babin has resided in Tyler for 50 years. She and her husband, Wayne Babin, DDS, have been married for 33 years and are the parents to three adult children, David, Sarah, and Abby. Mrs. Babin is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree in math from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and her bachelor of science degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin. Now retired, Mrs. Babin was the co-owner of Bufe & Babin for 20 years. She now works in her husband’s dental office. The Babins are members of First Presbyterian Church where Mrs. Babin has served as an elder and trustee.
“I enjoy living in Tyler because the people of Tyler are exceptionally generous and are committed to making Tyler a better community for everyone,” said Mrs. Babin.
For more information about sponsoring or participating in the Literacy Council of Tyler’s Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, please log on to lcotyler.org, or call 903-533-0330.