Farewell to Sara Scroggins 3/16/2016

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Farewell to Sara  Scroggins
Betty Porter Walls, Ph.D.
Christmas Day is usually a time for joy and merriment, but in 2015, that special day brought sorrow and sadness for me and International Literacy Association (ILA)/International Reading Association (IRA) members worldwide. Sara I. Scroggins, my personal and professional mentor for more than fifty years was also my friend, my sorority sister in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, my role model, my fellow book club member (Books Among Us), and my IRA colleague. She introduced me to IRA when I was an undergraduate, and by working with her, I became as committed as she was to IRA and the belief that reading is a civil right and that every child must have access to books and quality teachers who know how to teach reading.

Sara had a tremendous impact on my professional life. She was the director of the St. Louis Public Schools Reading Center at which I took coursework for my reading teacher certification. She and I became in numerous literacy projects. We conducted workshops throughout the greater St, Louis area and a longtime member of the IRA passed away. Sara was special; she loved IRA, had served as an elected IRA board member, president of both the former St. Louis City Council and the Missouri State Council (MSC-IRA).