David Riddle

David Riddle from California, United States, will be climbing the Marangu Route to Horombo Huts and then summiting behind Barafu to Stella Point rather than up via Kibo Huts from 2nd – 5th October 2014. The proceeds from this (unsubsidised) campaign will be paid to the Central Coast Literacy Council.

My goal is to raise funds for a successful program that helps adults learn to read. Teaching adults to read makes them more productive and improves the quality of their lives. That makes a better world.

I plan to inspire giving by climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, which stands at 19,300 feet. I am making the stakes for success high by attempting to summit in one day rather than in the normal five to seven. This is my “Peak Performance for Literacy Climb” to benefit California’s Central Coast Literacy Council.

As the 2005 National Senior Spelling Bee Champion, I love words, language, and reading. I have also been a distance runner for 50 years and, of late, a mountain climber. By fusing these passions, I hope everyone can share in the benefits of this Kilimanjaro challenge!

For more information visit www.centralcoastliteracy.org

David Riddle, Crested Butte

David Riddle, Crested Butte

Central Coast Literacy Council

In the United States, we operate under several assumptions about our fellow citizens. According to our Constitution, we are all created equal. And, throughout most of our history, we have believed in Universal Education. Our society’s success is based on the principal that all citizens can read and educate themselves, and become informed enough to create thriving communities.

But, what about the person who arrives at adulthood and can’t read in English? Perhaps it’s a matter of speaking a language other than English since childhood. Perhaps it’s a matter of coming from a country where Universal Education isn’t the norm. Or, perhaps it’s a physical problem that went undiagnosed in childhood and created a lifelong handicap. All of these obstacles are being overcome daily by the work of volunteer tutors who are with the Central Coast Literacy Council in Santa Maria, California.

The C.C.L.C. offers appropriate, free services to anyone who is struggling with reading and speaking English and wants to improve his or her level of literacy. The main Office of the Council is located in the Santa Maria Public Library, but there are numerous Learning Centers strategically placed from Solvang to Lompoc to Guadalupe, and around the city of Santa Maria. At each of these Centers, trained volunteer tutors work to test and evaluate each student who comes in for help. In addition, many of the students are tutored in their workplaces because their employers are supporting English literacy to encourage a stable workforce. No time or effort is wasted as tutors target the specific needs of each individual learner.

All the efforts of the Central Coast Literacy Council and its tutors have paid off in myriad ways for their students over the years, and tutors are excited to describe these successes. There was a couple who came from Mexico to work in the fields, sought tutoring from C.C.L.C., went on to classes at Hancock College, and became local business owners. Additionally, they became active learners with their children, and helped them with their school work. No less impressive is the story of the elderly local rancher who had successfully hidden his literacy problems from everyone, including his children and grandchildren, with the help of his sympathetic wife. At the age of 72, when his wife died, he was desperate to find a tutor to help him overcome his disability and finally learn to read.

Any contribution to the Central Coast Literacy Council will have untold consequences for students, their children, and their grandchildren. We cannot judge just how far an individual can go with help from Council tutors, or how far their families can go with this support for learning. And we also need to remember how every one of our institutions, from our schools to our government, and every one of our businesses and organizations, is improved as the level of literacy rises in our community.




  1. LS from Santa Maria has sponsored $20.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “THANK YOU DAVID for “Climbing for CCLC” ~ GOOD LUCK!!!”

  2. Barney Gallassio from Old Tappan, New Jersey has sponsored $100.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Wow. I am damn impressed!!! Best of luck buddy! Barney Gallassio”

  3. John Meng from Monterey has sponsored $20.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Go Dave!”

  4. Christoph Riddle from Los Angeles, CA has sponsored $100.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “”

  5. An anonymous donor has just sponsored $50.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign

  6. Ers from Colorado Springs has sponsored $50.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Holly and i will be pulling for you in this very honorable (and challenging) endeavour. When the going gets tough think of all the tough miles you have done in prepping for this as well as your primary purpose in attempting this climb”

  7. Oxana Ermolova from Los Angeles has sponsored $50.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Go Dave! We’re all so proud of you.”

  8. Natalia from Los Angeles has sponsored $20.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign.

  9. Laura Selken

    GOOD LUCK, DAVID!!! Thanks again so much for helping to raise funds for the Central Coast Literacy Council!! You are a true inspiration!!!

  10. Mirek and Jola from Carmel Valley has sponsored $20.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Waiting for you in California, Mirek and Jola”

  11. Neighbors from Pacific Grove has sponsored $50.00 towards David Riddle’s campaign. “Way to go, Dave!
    Claire, Mary, and Zoe”

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