Congress Declares National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (2010)


The Rockingham County Literacy Project and the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) invite you to join them in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 13-17, 2010. This Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, was sponsored by
Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] and is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in 20 co-signers in the House. Congressman Loebsack [D-IA] and Congressman Guthrie [R-KY] spoke in support of its passage.

The Rockingham County Literacy Project will celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week on Monday, September 13, with an Open House at their 705-A Washington Street, Eden address, 2-6 p.m. Join them for refreshments, and learn more about adult literacy in Rockingham County.

Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult students who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED test to attain a high-school equivalence certificate, and prepare for community college or vocational training. According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate in their communities.

In Rockingham County, there is an estimated 16% rate of low literacy (Below Basic) for adults age 16 and over. Another third of the adults in Rockingham County have only Basic prose literacy skills. The Rockingham County Literacy Project is working to change that. They are currently serving 67 students and have 40 people on the waiting list.

Adults work with volunteer tutors for 2-3 hours per week, with materials provided free of charge by the Literacy Project. You can help by becoming a volunteer tutor for students of the Literacy Project. For more information, contact Jean Light Kinyon at 336-627-0007 or jkinyon@rcliteracyproject.org.