Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Lehigh Acres FL :: Madison Co NY :: Palm Beach Co FL

Growth spurt: Church to host adult literacy program
Lehigh Acres Citizen: 2.01.2017 by Mel Toadvine

An adult literacy program offered through Lehigh Community Services is being called a success.

Maria Otero, program coordinator, said it has grown so much that more room is needed for classes, where volunteer tutors teach English to the participants.
-"We are partnering with the Christ United Methodist Church," Charlotte Rae Nicely, the executive director of Lehigh Community Services, said.

They began holding classes last month at the church, at 1430 Homestead Road N.  "The church has graciously agreed to help us by letting us use their classrooms for the program," she said.

The program has been available for many years, and its main purpose is to teach English to non-English speaking adults. The program is free, but there is a waiting list for those interested in talking part.  READ MORE @

Madison County coalition shares success stories, ideas for promoting literacy
Oneida Dispatch: 1.31.2017

Leaders in the mission to increase literacy in Madison County gathered on Thursday, Jan. 26 with more than three dozen members of the Literacy Coalition of Madison County coming together to learn about and discuss key literacy initiatives in our region.

The meeting, which was held in the Gorman Foundation Community Center in Oneida, was a positive and energy-filled event.

“Every time this group of committed advocates for literacy comes together I can feel the passion and enthusiasm. I am convinced that we are continuing to make progress in our literacy efforts because this group has a shared goal of attacking literacy needs in Madison county,” Mike Drahos, the coalition executive director said.

The Literacy Coalition of Madison County NY was founded in 2009 and is committed to raising child, family, and adult literacy throughout the county. Over 50 community organizations are part of this combined effort to address literacy needs.  READ MORE @

Loop for Literacy co-chair enjoys sharing joy of reading
Palm Beach Post: 2.1.2017 by Michael Readling

Len Gray has seen both sides of the problem.

He’s seen adults and children who are unable to read and the trouble they have communicating their thoughts and feelings. And he’s seen the gigantic change just a little bit of effort and compassion can bring about.

He knows the look in someone’s eyes when the realization finally sets in. The one where that person knows “I can read.” And he knows the world that opens up for that person from that point forward.

“Our family has always believed that the ability to read enables the ability to think and write and express one’s self effectively,” Gray said. “To see that happen and experience how thrilling it is for someone who can understand things through reading, it just has such an impact on their lives and the well-being of our community.”

Gray and his wife, Barbara, got involved with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County because her parents were very big supporters. Though they lived in places like Chicago, Cleveland and New York, whenever they visited Palm Beach County, they found themselves at Literacy Coalition events and functions.

When they moved here several years ago, the next step was obvious.

“We fell in love with what the Literacy Coalition was doing,” Gray said. “I went through their training program, where you learn how to read to others and help them become proficient readers.”  READ MORE @

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