What I'm reading: Rita entry 6 of 9.
Bad Luck and Trouble, by Lee Child
What I'm working on: Presentation modules for the monthly tutor training at the Adult Literacy League.
It's been a while since my schedule has meshed with the Adult Literacy League's training, and I confess to being a bit rusty--not to mention the entire program has been revamped and updated.
Literacy is way up there on my list of Important Things. As a person, I can't imagine not being able to read. As a writer, having more people able to access my work is a definite plus.
So, for the past fifteen plus years, I've donated my time (and some bucks as well) to the Adult Literacy League. I've had two literacy students. For the past dozen years or so, I've trained new tutors.
Literacy is defined as "The ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve goals, and to develop knowledge and potential."
One in every five Central Florida adults reads at or below the 5th grade level. For them, simple everyday tasks present real problems. Reading product labels, following street signs or filling out job applications can be difficult and frustrating.
Families suffer, too. Parents with low literacy skills have trouble reading to their children and many don't even try. Sadly, the literacy levels of children are strongly linked to the educational levels of their parents.
Thankfully, the Adult Literacy League, Inc. is here to help. Through volunteer and donor support, we're able to reach more and more adults and families . . . and in doing so, help expand their world one page at a time. I hope you'll all consider doing something to give back to your community. Maybe not for literacy, but we all have things we believe in, things that are important to us, for our own personal reasons. Times may be tough, but giving shouldn't stop.
And special thanks to CJ Lyons for sharing her time with us. She had some compelling stories to tell, didn't she?