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"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglass


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity act of 2014 defines literacy as, "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, compute, and solve problems, at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual, and in society." This is more than the ability to read and write; literacy is the ability to interpret and interact with the world around you.

Literacy allows us to pay our bills, be successful in our jobs, read to our children, and more. In our print culture, literacy is absolutely necessary to our lives. In White County, over 6,600 adults read at or below a 5th grade level. These adults are dependent on their family, friends, and neighbors as they work to understand and interact with the world around them.

There is hope. The Literacy Council of White County offers free classes for adults who want to improve their literacy skills. The Literacy Council's classes are volunteer taught by members of the community who want to make a difference in White County.

Kofi Annan, former Secretary General for the United Nations and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, once said, "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."

Reach out to your neighbors in White County and help them reach their full potential by becoming a member of the Literacy Council of White County: tutor, volunteer, or donate today!