Sunday, March 5, 2017

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Knoxville TN :: Pontotoc Co OK :: Ontario CA

64-year-old man learns how to read
Local8Now: 2.08.2017 by Lauren Davis

Street signs, menus, our phones and computers. All written and printed words are part of our life. Some people see those same symbols and aren't able to understand them. That's why organizations like the Friends of Literacy teach adults to read for free.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis talked to a man who has been working with them for more than a year. He says it's like a whole new world is opening up to him.

Sometimes in life we take things for granted like being able to read.

Ralph Burns doesn't know how to read. He says, "I had a rough life."

He was abandoned as a child and dropped out of school in the third grade, and never learned how to read. Burns says, "I was sometimes embarrassed, but I got over that."  WATCH 📺

Ada Public Library offering free training for literacy tutors
Ada News: 2.08.2017

The Ada Public Library is offering free training for literacy tutors.

An estimated 419,700, or nearly 20 percent, of Oklahoma adults face daily obstacles due to low literacy skills, according to a press release from the library. About 3,000 adults in Pontotoc County read at a below-basic level. Functional illiteracy can affect many things, including an individual’s employment options, health, and even the ability to read a book to their child.

Residents can find out more about literacy in Pontotoc County at the office of the Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition on the second floor of the Ada Public Library. Staff and volunteers will share information about how learning to read changes lives, why literacy matters to the community, about services provided by the Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition and ways individuals can get involved.

According to literacy director Carol Williams, “Functional illiteracy is a problem for the individual and for the community, but you can be a part of the solution. We assist adults with reading, writing, math, preparing for the GED test, English as a Second Language and basic computer operation.”  READ MORE @

A program that helps adult Woodstock residents learn valuable literacy skills may not be sustainable without financial assistance
Woodstock Sentinel Review: 2.18.2017 by Heather Rivers

Administrators of a local literacy program that assists adults whose literacy skills need to be upgraded are concerned about the future of the Woodstock program.

“We are worried we can’t sustain it in a way that is most effective for people,” said Geoffrey Reekie, executive director of The Livingston Centre, owned and operated by Tillsonburg Community Services Initiatives, which is a partnership of the Tillsonburg & District Multi-Service Centre and Community Living Tillsonburg. “The Woodstock model is a best practices model with a focus on integrated services.”

The adult literacy program is offered at both Tillsonburg and Woodstock locations, but a lack of funding and wait times for the popular Woodstock program, located in Community Employment Services building, is worrying Reekie.

“I certainly hope it does exist,” Reekie said. “We see it as very valuable and our ultimate goal is to expand services. We’re at capacity right now and we know the service could be much more utilized if we expanded.”

The multi-service centre has been offering literacy programming in Tillsonburg since 1987 and in Woodstock since 2000, with 30 to 33 per cent of students coming from the Woodstock area.  READ MORE @

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