The Oklahoma Department of Libraries announced that a grant for $5,495 was awarded to the Pottawatomie County Literacy Program to support local adult literacy efforts. The check was officially presented to the program by State Representative, Kris Steele, who commended the literacy program for its efforts in providing basic literacy instruction to local citizens.
According to the 2003 Oklahoma State Assessment of Adult Literacy, 12 percent of Oklahomans over the age of 16 read at Below Basic Level, with another 31 percent of adults having only the most Basic reading skills. Individuals at these levels often face significant obstacles when trying to succeed in the workplace, community and everyday life.
The Pottawatomie County Literacy Program is a volunteer based program that provides free literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. Learners work one-on-one with a trained tutor using a variety of teaching methods and materials. Funds will be used to support adult literacy in Pottawatomie County.
According to Linda Staley, who coordinates the Pottawatomie County Literacy Program, “Even though this is a volunteer program, these funds are vital to our ability to offer quality literacy services to this community.”
Grant funds were awarded by the Literacy Resource Office, a division of the Office of Library Development. State funding appropriated by the Oklahoma State Legislature, not only provides literacy grants to programs throughout the state, but provides ongoing technical assistance, training and resources to support local adult literacy efforts.
For more information about the local literacy program, or to find out how to volunteer, contact Linda Staley at (405) 273-3334. For information on statewide literacy efforts visit www.odl.state.ok.us/literacy.