Each year, the Literacy Council of Tyler helps more than 2,500 adults improve their literacy skills by providing dedicated staff and an army of volunteer tutors to teach beginning-reading instruction, GED completion classes, and English as a Second Language courses.
As the president of the board of directors for the Literacy Council of Tyler, Traci Kenner invites area businesses to form a team and join her for the Literacy Council of Tyler’s 20th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee to be held Thursday, August 11, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the CrossWalk Conference Center at Green Acres Baptist Church. The event is a fun way to promote team spirit in your organization and support literacy at the same time.
Ms. Kenner is a dedicated community volunteer who also serves on the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) Board of Trustees and is a TMA volunteer docent. She is a member of the Women’s Symphony League and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. Ms. Kenner is active with the Tyler affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she has served on the Race for the Cure Committee and helped plan the Survivor Celebration Luncheon. She is the president of the Baylor University Law School Alumni Association, a member of the Honorable T. John Ward Inn of Court, and a member of the Smith County Bar Association. Ms. Kenner is a sustaining life member of the Texas Bar Foundation.
In April of this year, Ms. Kenner received the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award. The award recognizes citizens from a variety of walks of life for voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, and citizenship endeavors, or in environmental conservation.
“ ‘We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love,’ ”
Ms. Kenner said. “I think this quote from Mother Theresa sums up what voluntarism is all about.” Ms. Kenner is a lifelong member of the Tyler community. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her associate of arts degree from Tyler Junior College. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler and her juris doctorate degree from the Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. Ms. Kenner is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church where she has served as the moderator for the board of trustees.
“I love Tyler because it’s my hometown, but even if it weren’t, I would be drawn to the city for its beauty and strong support of education and the arts,” Ms. Kenner said. “Tyler offers a variety of meaningful opportunities for people who want to volunteer, and the passion of the volunteers I have met is contagious.”
For more information about the Literacy Council of Tyler’s 20th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, please call 903-533-0330 or visit www.lcotyler.org.