The United Nations estimates that 771 million people or one-fifth of the world's adult population, can't read or write. Adequate literacy skills are vital to the economic development of this county and the quality of life for its citizens. The Great Plains Literacy Council gives praise and recognition to the dedication of volunteer literacy tutors and the achievements of adult learners. The state Legislature has also been supportive of literacy and provided grant funding to Great Plains Literacy Council and the Southern Prairie Library System for educational literacy programs.
The Great Plains Literacy Council Board of Directors will be setting up display booths at Bunker Hill United Supermarket and at Broadway United Supermarket during part of International Literacy Day. The purpose of the display booths is to show ways individuals, businesses and organizations can be involved as tutors, learners and sponsors in literacy. Fliers about the programs will be distributed along with candy favors stating “Literacy is a lifesaver!” to the public.
These displays will be one way of providing information to the customers about the many ways help is needed. Some of these ways include recruiting and referring students or learners to the programs; providing space in your business or church building for a tutoring program; becoming a tutor in the program; educating others about the problem; advocating for and being supportive of adult new readers; and by financially supporting the existing literacy council.
Feel welcome to call the Great Plains Literacy Council at 477-2890 or stop by the Altus Public Library (421 N. Hudson) or the Hollis Public Library (West Broadway and 2nd) for a visit.