Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester promotes National Literacy Month
Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester Inc. is promoting National Literacy Month.
The organization has been teaching adults reading and basic math skills for 30 years. During September, which is National Literacy Month, the organization is reminding community members that 14 percent of adults older than 16 read at or below a fifth-grade level, and 29 percent read at an eighth-grade level. Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43 percent live in poverty, and 75 percent of state prison inmates and 59 percent of federal prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. Low literacy comprises an estimated $230 billion of the country's annual health care cost.
The organization believes literacy changes lives and points out that adults who learn to read, write or do basic math have a better opportunity of finding and keeping jobs.
According to a press release, Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester got its statistical data from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (Department of Education), the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor), the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development 2012 and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester is located in the Rappahannock Concrete Building on Route 17 in White Marsh. For more information, call 804-693-1306 or visit literacyvolunteersofgloucester.org.
All Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester services are provided free of charge.