The Collierville Literacy Council offers tutoring for adults in Collierville and the surrounding areas who want to increase their basic reading skills. CLC, along with literacy councils across the country, provides basic literacy education at the community level. Those needing services are paired with trained tutors who work one-on-one, or in small classes with students. These services are provided free of charge.
A Success Story
William came to CLC to learn to read. His initial reading assessment showed that, at the age of 58, he could not read as well as most first graders. William had been married for many years, raised responsible children and now had grandchildren. He stayed employed pretty consistently because he was a reliable employee, although most of the jobs don't pay very well and his hours can change from day shift to night shift unexpectedly.
William did not want his wife to know he was coming to reading classes - other times in the past when he had tried to improve his reading he had not been successful. It would be bad enough if he still couldn't learn, but at least his wife wouldn't know he'd failed again.
Two years later, now 60, William came in and told his tutor the following story:
Last week, my wife and I were at the grocery store. She mentioned that we needed to get a couple of birthday cards for two of the grandchildren. I told her to go on shopping and I'd go pick them out. I was able to read the cards and pick out the right cards! I never thought I'd be able to do that.
It seemed there was an extra spring in his step and twinkle in his eye that day as he left the Literacy Council office. We're still wondering whether his wife is really in the dark about his reading classes!
Most adult non-readers tend to be older. Many have managed to hold jobs, (usually on the lower-end of the economic earning scale), while raising their families. Non-readers can be very resourceful at hiding the inability to read, often from their own families.
Many will ensure that their children get good educations before deciding to come to an agency such as the Collierville Literacy Council.
Just imagine, as a non-reader,
the types of critical written
information most older people
face on a daily basis:
prescription labels, bills
and product label warnings,
to name but a few.