Sunday, October 25, 2015

Literacy – Spanning North America: Prince Edward Co VA :: Altus OK :: Dawson Creek BC :: Topeka & Shawnee Co KS

Literacy issues in the Farmville community
The Rotunda: 9.17.2015 by Jessica Darst

There is a strong presence of illiteracy in the Farmville area even though there are many programs that offer literacy education.

According to the Virginia Historical Society, after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a resistance built within the South to prevent integration.

In Virginia, the governor closed public schools across the state to stop integration. In 1959, the courts ruled that the closings were unconstitutional, and all schools reopened except for those in Prince Edward County.

For five years, Prince Edward schools remained closed, leaving about 1,700 black and lower-income white students to either find another school outside the county or to wait at home for five years.

As a result, many of the students who were denied an education at that time grew up without ever being able to obtain an education. Some students were able to get their GED or went to the Free School, which was set up by the Farmville community.

The Central Virginia Regional Library, which consists of Farmville and Buckingham counties, offers adult literacy programs for Buckingham but not for Farmville. However, the Farmville Library does consistently offer programs for children.  READ MORE !

Constitution Week Observed Year Round for Literacy Learners
Altus Times: 9.17.2015 by Ida Fay Winters, - GPLC Coordinator

Observance of Constitution Week will run from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23. The Great Plains Literacy Council adult learners wanting citizenship must study about the Constitution. Not only during this week, but throughout the year, those immigrants study about the American government, democracy, and our freedoms covered in the Constitution, the most important document in the United States. The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787 and is also known as a “living document” because it grows and changes as America and its people grow and change.

The Immigration and Citizenship LSTA grant with the Great Plains Literacy Council and Southern Prairie Library System has provided tutoring opportunities for immigrants desiring naturalization in the United States. One literacy learner Sergio Lopez took advantage of the free resources from the USCIS and literacy tutoring through the Great Plains Literacy Council at the Altus Public Library and recently returned to express his appreciation and return some of the study materials. Sergio is thankful for his assistance through the process. Aleida Burchett became his first tutor in May 2014. Then Steve Francis gave guidance with his study.

When asked why he wanted to become a US citizen, Sergio replied, “This was something I just wanted to do since I lived here.” He was the first one of his family members, who were born in Mexico, to get the citizenship.  READ MORE !

Increasing adult literacy in the South Peace
NorthEast News: 9.18.2015

Michele Mobley, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Literacy Now at the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, was in attendance of the city council meeting on September 14 to help proclaim September as Literacy is Life Month in Dawson Creek.

More than 500,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 64 in B.C. have significant issues with literacy, Mobley told council.

This number represents about 16 per cent of the province’s population, she said.

Further, Mobley said that adults with low literacy skills are 2.5 times more likely to experience poor health and higher rates of absence from work.

“With higher literacy levels we see healthier and more resilient communities,” Mobley said, “a more productive and engaged community, and a more progressive and inclusive community, because literacy is health.”  READ MORE !

HUSH Library Podcast #80 – Learning About Literacy
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library: 9.18.2015 by Lissa Staley

In this episode, Librarian Deb Bryan inspires and educates when shares stories and she talks about adult literacy, the unexpected challenges of financial, digital or health literacy, and the local organizations ready to help adults boost their literacy skills.  Podcast #80

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