Sunday, August 13, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Centerville MI :: Akron OH :: Newport News VA

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St. Joseph County Literacy Council offers free tutoring for adults
Three Rivers News: 7.28.2017 by Kate Kulwicki

Free literacy tutoring is being offered to adults in St. Joseph County.
The St. Joseph County Literacy Council was formed in 1986 and gained federal 501C3 nonprofit status in 2005.

John “JD” Yoder, executive director, said the organization’s main goal is to improve adult literacy in the county.

“The stats say that 11 percent of the St. Joseph County adult population does not know how to read,” Yoder said. “The main thing we do here is help those 18 years or older, who cannot read above a third grade level, learn to read.”

Ron Hooker, president, said any St. Joseph County adult resident can receive tutoring at any time of the year.

Hooker said the program tutored 70 adults last year, ranging from young adults to grandmothers.

“I tutored a grandmother who only wanted to learn how to read so she could read to her grandchildren,” he said.  READ MORE @

Peninsula Reads fights adult low-level literacy, teaches English
Daily Press: 7.31.2017 by Natalie Joseph

After closing the main building for a month, Peninsula Reads classes resumed Monday.

The adult literacy organization in Newport News serves about 350 people ages 18 and older in three programs annually.

The main building, at Fishing Point Drive in Newport News’ City Center, was closed to regroup and reorganize, said Executive Director Paula Bazemore. The organization typically only closes for the week during the July 4 holiday.

Students and tutors worked together one-on-one while the building was closed.

According to the most recent study by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, more than 30,000 adults in the Virginia Peninsula have low-level reading skills. The study was released in 2003.

Since 1968, Peninsula Reads has been trying to decrease that number by focusing on adults so they can be better equipped for self sufficiency in their daily lives — including filling out job applications and teaching their children how to read.

“We are for adults who have nowhere else to go if they have low-level or no-level literacy skills,” Bazemore said. “If it weren’t for us, a lot of people wouldn’t have a resource. We are the place to go if you are starting over or starting from scratch.”  WATCH

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