Programs

Adult Literacy Class

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To help under-educated adults become more self-sufficient primarily through improving reading and math skills. While it is challenging to test non-readers, they do show measurable growth in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Levels Completions. Students are often eager to share their personal testimonials about their increased ability to understand signs and doctor instructions.

Call 706-748-2609 for more information.

Kindergarten Readiness

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This project involves eight weeks of one-one reading with selected pre-k students. Children who have participated in this program have gained an average of eight months of vocabulary. Some teachers also notice increased classroom participation and interest in reading time.

People generally volunteer one day a week for eight weeks. The curriculum centers around one book per week. Volunteer duties include reading a book with the student and then completing an academic activity that relates to that book. The next session will begin January 29 and end March 23rd. E-mail Ms. Tolbert for more information and orientation dates at volunteer@theliteracyalliance.org.

Dictionary Project

Purpose: To provide every third grade student in the Muscogee County School District with a dictionary. The dictionary is accompanied by a message that focuses on graduating on time, getting a job, and getting the job they will love – because they can read.

Results: Primarily through the generosity of the Rotary of Columbus, in just eight years, over 20,000 students in our area have received dictionaries. In a survey, 94% of the teachers say they use the dictionaries at least once a week. In a separate survey of fifth grade students, over 84% remembered the presentation, and more than 70% still have the dictionaries and are aware of their graduation year.

Public Awareness Campaign

Purpose: To educate the public about the effects of low literacy on individuals and
the community, and to encourage those who need help to seek it.
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Reading Wagon

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Would you like a visit from the Reading Wagon at a special event for children in our community? It comes with free books for the kiddos! Email us at programs@theliteracyalliance.org to see if the Reading Wagon can make an appearance. Children are allowed to pick one new Scholastic book to enjoy.

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