Letter: Husky, Potash friends of literacy

Every year, the National Coalition for Literacy (on behalf of the adult literacy and basic education field) requests that Congress recognize one week as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week . This year, that week is September 24-30. The goal of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is to work side-by-side in every state, territory, and district to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, leverage resources, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being.

Locally, the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council is celebrating its 30th anniversary of working with adults to improve basic literacy, numeracy, computer and job skills. Along with their office partner, the Lima City Schools GED/Aspire program, they serve a diverse community of adults trying to improve their lives and their families’ lives.

The Literacy Council has always received great community support, but recently two local companies went above and beyond. Husky Lima Refinery and Potash Corporation both made sizable contributions to the Council, the former to be used for tutor support and expanded programming, and the latter to assist in paying off the mortgage for the office at 563 W. Spring St. Both gifts are very much appreciated.

Feel free to stop by the Lima Adult learning Center at the above address at any time to see what is being done to impact low literacy in the community, and what you might be able to do to make a real difference in a local persons life.

Ken Blanchard, Lima

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