Helping adults acquire literacy skills to reach their goals!

The Chatham County Literacy Council is a non-profit whose mission is to help adults, living or working in Chatham County, N.C., acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society.  Through our free one-on-one tutoring and small group classes, people in our community are reaching their goals and becoming part of a work force that will be prepared for the new jobs  envisioned for Siler City, Moncure, Pittsboro, and other parts of our county.  Join us as a student or volunteer, and be part of making positive change happen!

Chatham Literacy: 10 years of enhancing knowledge…a second start

Last week we introduced you to the original Chatham Literacy. By December 2006, this organization had reached the end of its life. Coincidentally, there was a second similar effort beginning to evolve. While serving as a poll worker, Bonnie Bechard, noticed a large number of folks who struggled to read the ballot. Bonnie was surprised to find that the 2000 Census indicated that 21% of adults over 25 years of age read at a fourth grade level or less (functionally illiterate).

With the encouragement of Will Brooks, who worked with Orange County Literacy, Bonnie began in earnest to create an organization.

At the beginning of 2007, Bonnie contacted Karen Allen Vaca, who was at the time Provost at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and currently a Board Member. Karen put Bonnie in touch with Judy Herndon at CCCC. Bonnie and Judy visited with Orange County Literacy to learn of their organization and operations. The next step was to bring together a group of interested participants. Not a simple feat.

 Next week: The First Steps …

If you know some of the history and wish to share, please contact us.

Coming up

Feb. 3, 9 am – 3 pm: Tutor Training

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