The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, August 12, 2014:
90,000…that's the number of North Central Alabamians who are functionally illiterate…that means they can't read above a 6th grade level, many can't read at all…can't read road signs or safety information at job sites, can't read the vital information on prescription bottles, can't complete job applications, can't read the Bible or read stories to their children or grandchildren or help with homework…can't write letters or send emails or texts…can't complete their education.
The Literacy Council of Central Alabama has provided a lifeline to thousands of Alabamians on their journey to literacy. They provide direct services to people of all ages and provide support and training to partner agencies in a five county area surrounding Birmingham: Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. As a result of their reading programs, lives are being changed daily.
On May 22 of this year, a fire in the Literacy Council building devastated their offices, just when their services and facility were being used at full capacity…their library, their study carrels for one-on-one tutoring, all gone.
Their offices on First Avenue North in Birmingham must be rebuilt, but that can't be done without the help of the communities they serve. Imagine what your life or the life of someone you love would be like if you or they couldn't read.
We hope you'll help with the rebuilding of this safe place where lives are changed. If you've already given a donation…thank you so much.
If you haven't, please consider giving what you can to support this vital service! You can send your donation to the Literacy Council at 2301 1st Ave, N., Suite 102, Birmingham, AL 35203.
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