Tutors can help improve literacy in area

As the summer winds to an end and the new school year begins, our focus turns to education. But while young students are back in school, millions of American adults also are in a different form of classroom and taking advantage of literacy tutoring.

Monday will be International Literacy Day, which suggests by its very name that illiteracy is a global issue, contributing to unemployment, poverty and many social and societal problems. It is more likely for children to have low literacy in homes where parents have low educational levels.

In New York, an estimated 2.7 million adults lack basic literacy, math and employment skills. Low-level reading and math skills are linked to poverty, unemployment, incarceration and dropout rates.

Literacy New York, serving Fulton and Montgomery counties, provides free tutoring for adults in reading, math, high school equivalency preparation and English as a second language. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers. Unfortunately, student demand continues to outpace tutor recruitment. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please call 725-1440 or 227-3786 today. No prior teaching experience is necessary.

Literacy leads to employment, independence and opportunity.

LISA CARDILLI

Executive director, Literacy New York-

Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.