In the spotlight: The Montague Collection and The Margaret Byrd Jones Foundation

Our History

  

In 2002, the late Dr. Jack Crow, former Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) and Dr. Donavan Hall, a NHMFL research scientist, provided the necessary support and funding to start, ‘The Science Literacy Project’ (TSLP). TLSP was established to encourage people to explore the wonders of math and science. Dr. Hall has since moved on to Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.


In 2004, TSLP formed a relationship with Friends of FAMU Libraries that lasted until 2007. The Friends of FAMU Libraries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit exempt organization.


During 2007, TSLP restructured and changed its official name to ‘myliteracy.com’. TSLP’s restructuring allowed for information to be efficiently disseminated free to the public, as it relates to science, mathematics, engineering, health sciences, business, the arts and many other intriguing areas of interest via the Internet. The Margaret Byrd Jones Foundation Inc., Orlando, Florida, provided support for myliteracy.com in 2010. 


The Margaret Byrd Jones Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established under the laws of the Internal Revenue Code. Founded by Leslie Longmire in 2009, the foundation’s primary focus is to work with young schoolgirls between the ages of 4 and 11.


Wanting to expand content information, myliteracy.com established a relationship with Cantella Financial Representative Clinton F. Byrd. In 2010, we added a financial literacy section to our digital information portal menu.


In an effort to identify with our non-profit supporters,  the myliteracy.com website name was changed to myliteracy.org in September 2010.


In early 2011 myliteracy.com became a Florida non-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida, Division of Corporations.  Our official corporate name is now Myliteracy, Inc., and operates myliteracy.com and myliteracy.org, the host location for The Digital Information Portal ‘TDIP’.


In 2012, Myliteracy Inc. filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service and applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity exempt status.


Exempt status was granted in March 2014 and Myliteracy, Inc., is now considered a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established under the laws of the Internal Revenue Code, effective date of exemption, February/2011.


In addition, we are proud to announce a new education and literacy partnership with the Jefferson County Retired Educators Association (JCREA) that started in March 2014 and lasted until the end of 2015. 


Wanting to participate in the local education and literacy sector, Myliteracy, Inc., agreed to become fiscal sponsor for the Howard Academy Educational Recreational Council (HAERC) in December/2014 and remained fiscal sponsor until HAERC applied for non-profit status. HAERC was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity status in 2016 and our partnership/fiscal sponsor status has since ended.


Myliteracy is interested in ‘closing the literacy gap in America’ and is actively seeks grants and contributions to expand our literacy efforts. 


The time has come for parents and educators to accept responsibility and work together in creating 21st century skilled students.