Sunday, November 8, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US:Tulsa OK :: Greenville NC :: Appleton WI :: Springfield MO

Library's adult literacy student an inspiration to tutor as she perseveres through cancer treatment
Tulsa World: 9.28.2015 by Nour Habib

Lawana McCalister is thrilled when she’s able to help her son with his homework.

There was a time when she couldn’t have done that, but McCalister began working with a tutor through the Tulsa City-County Library’s Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service more than 10 years ago.

“My reading and writing was nowhere near where it needed to be,” she said.

She’s made great strides, she said, and is now able to read at a seventh-grade level, meaning she’s able to help her 8-year-old son.

McCalister said she went through school in a special education program and was not able to read well. She heard about the adult literacy program in 2003 and signed up after being dropped from a medical associate class because her reading level was too low.

“I’ve come a long way,” said McCalister, who has stuck with the program through various life challenges, the most recent being cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, but she still tries to make it to her once-a-week sessions with her reading tutor, Carolyn Lee.  READ MORE !

Ending illiteracy in Pitt County
WNCT: 9.28.2015 by Kelly Byrne  VIDEO

An organization in Greenville strives to alter the illiteracy rate of adults in Pitt County.

“To see the faces.. to feel their enthusiasm.. to help them achieve what they want to achieve out of life.”

Alfonsa Merritt is just one of more than 50 volunteers who help hundreds of adults achieve a higher level of education in order to get better jobs.

“What we do is we work with adult learners, 18 years and above in education aspects as well as job aspects, said Brenda Steingerwald, Education Coordinator of Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County. “We do everything from teaching reading, to helping people find job skills.”

David Nguyen is a student at Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County.

“To finish the GED, and get some education; to get a job.” That’s Nguyen ultimate goal.  READ MORE !


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