Mayor David J. Cieslewicz proclaims today Literacy Network Day, in honor of the non-profit agency's 35 years of service to the greater Madison community. Literacy Network has provided free basic literacy services to adults and families so they may achieve their employment, education and family goals since 1974.
"Literacy is essential to the economic health and vitality of all people in our community," stated Cieslewicz in the proclamation.
Literacy Network was founded by Ray Wagner and a team of committed volunteers as the Madison Literacy Council. In its first year, the council provided volunteer tutoring to 70 people.
Today, with the help of more than 400 annual volunteers, Literacy Network has grown to serve the language and literacy needs of more than 1,200 learners per year through volunteer tutoring and group instruction. Literacy Network partners with schools, businesses and other community agencies to provide community education for adults and families.
More than 17,000 adults in the Madison area lack the functional literacy skills needed to read a letter from their children's teachers, a label in a grocery store, or instructions from a doctor.
To get involved as a Literacy Network volunteer, call 608-244-3911.
tel: 608-244-3911 Ext.20