This summer, as you put your feet up, grab a cold glass of iced tea, and begin to read your favorite book, think about those around you who cannot do this. In Rockingham County, about 19,750 people age 25 and over do not have a high-school diploma or GED certificate. About 17,480 people age 16 and over fall into NALS (National Adult Literacy Survey) Level 1 (lowest of 5 levels). Think about it: The number of people who do not read or do not read well is larger than the total population of Eden or Reidsville, the county’s two largest cities. You can help.
The Rockingham County Literacy Project will hold free Adult Literacy Tutor Training classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 13, 15, 20, and 22, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 533 Greenwood Street, Eden . Prospective tutors should plan to attend all four classes and may contact Jean at 336-627-0007 or firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
Nationwide, one in seven adults cannot read, write or do math above an elementary-school level. The Rockingham County Literacy Project is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering critical education programs that help American adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math, and English as a second language.
“We exist through the help of dedicated community volunteers,” said Jean Light Kinyon, Executive Director of the Rockingham County Literacy Project. “We match trained volunteers with adults so they can work together to continue building the students’ reading, writing, math, or language skills. It is a longer-term commitment than a one-time volunteer project, but the benefits to both people and to the community are invaluable.”