Thurston County STEM Firm Recognized as “Literacy Champion”

SCJ Alliance Jean Carr
Jean Carr, SCJ Alliance Senior Principal, helps kick off a South Sound Reading Foundation fundraising breakfast. The Foundation awarded SCJ the first ever Business Partner Literacy Champion Award. Photo courtesy: SCJ ALliance

Submitted by SCJ Alliance

A group of engineers, planners, and landscape architects earned the South Sound Reading Foundation’s first Business Partner Literacy Champion Award last month.

SCJ Alliance was honored by the Reading Foundation at their Readers are Leaders breakfast. “The award recognizes a business partner that has gone above and beyond to advance children’s literacy in our community,” shared foundation Executive Director Jennifer Williamson Forster. “It was an easy choice for the first award to go to SCJ Alliance.”

“Why are a bunch of engineers – known more for the love of math and science than English or the arts – so supportive of the South Sound Reading Foundation?” SCJ Senior Principal Jean Carr said. “Readers are thinkers: imaginative knowledge-seekers and critical problem-solvers.”

“We place a high value on reading at SCJ,” Jean continued. “We have a leadership book club at the office, use children’s books in our annual staff retreats, and, of course, read to our own children and grandchildren.”

“SCJ has been a long-time supporter of the Reading Foundation’s mission,” noted Reading Foundation Co-president Anne Wilson when presenting the award. She said SCJ has generously sponsored and attended events, provided volunteers, and shared important programming guidance.

“It is our honor to support the foundation and its mission of making sure every child has the tools they need to read and succeed,” Jean said.

SCJ was founded in Thurston County twelve years ago with a handful of people and has since grown to more than 80 employees in six locations across Washington. The firm has been nationally recognized multiple times for growth, award-winning projects and as a great place to work.

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