Bednasek selected the Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award

Susan Bednasek has made many home literacy visits in her career, bringing books and toys and joys to the children that she reaches out to. She founded the Platte County Early Literacy Project to help prepare preschoolers for the next chapter of education as they begin school.

WHEATLAND - Platte County resident, Susan Bednasek, has been selected as the recipient of the Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy award.  

This award is a way to recognize and honor Wyoming citizens, organizations, businesses, or communities that have made substantial contributions to enhance the literacy development among the Wyoming community.  

Formerly known as the First Lady's Leaders in Literacy Award, the honor was established in 2016 by the University of Wyoming's Literacy Research Center and Clinic Outreach Advisory Board to recognize the work of Wyoming's former first lady, Carol Mead, to promote literacy throughout the state.  

In 2019 the award was renamed to honor the legacy of the former first lady and her impact on the literacy and education of students in Wyoming.  Along with recognition and celebration of Bednasek’s contributions to literacy, this award offers a financial gift to help the work continue.  

Bednasek is the founder and director of the Platte County Early Literacy Project (PCELP).  She created this foundation to serve families with children from birth to age three as they prepare children for school.  

The program begins at birth with a gift basket containing early literacy information and a book.  Children then receive a book at six months, and an educational toy and book on every birthday until they reach three years of age.  

Bednasek has worked tirelessly to forge important community relationships to create a successful endeavor supporting early literacy in your community.  She was overwhelmingly supported by community members for this award and greatly deserves recognition for her dedication.

“To honor Susan, we are planning to award her with a plaque and celebrate her successes April 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Wheatland High School commons area,” Amy Spiker, executive director of the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic said.  “The formal portion of the ceremony will begin at approximately 4 p.m. and then it will be followed by light refreshments and informal visiting.