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Susquehanna County Literacy Program Needs Your Help

By Bryan Mercer

Susquehanna County Literacy Program Needs Your Help

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM EDT

New Milford, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The Susquehanna County Literacy Program (SCLP), which serves the approximately 5300 functionally illiterate citizens of our county, has been financed largely through government grants since its start in 1982.This past summer all government funding for literacy programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.

This left the Board of Directors of SCLP with a choice: close the doors; or accept the challenge and prove that it can survive and thrive with no government help. The Board decided to accept the challenge. Why? Because since 1982 the program has helped hundreds of county residents to complete their secondary educations by receiving their GEDs or enhancing their life skills. Most have become productive citizens.

After making difficult but necessary staff reductions, the SCLP has the following needs for its re-building program:

• Two or three county residents to volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors to help with the re-building effort. Fund raising experience would be especially valuable.

• Tutors for one-on-one training. If you are an educated person who has enjoyed informally teaching others, we would like to hear from you.

• One or two volunteers to coordinate the interactions between tutors and students

Interested in helping to reach and teach our functionally illiterate fellow citizens? Send Board President DeLores Davis an email at sclpboardpresident@yahoo.com with your phone number, the best time of day to call and your area of interest.