Local non-profit receives grant for adult literacy efforts, improving life skills

DELAWARE,- One local non-profit is tackling the issue of adult literacy with the help of a $5,000 dollar grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Literacy Delaware was awarded the grant for the work they do in Sussex County.

The organization is currently housed at the Frankford Library, and has served the first state for over 3 decades.

The executive director says every penny counts, as the funds will help support tutor training programs and purchase books for students.

She adds focusing on adults helps the family unit as a whole. “Our belief is that literacy is the great equalizer whether you’re talking about health care, education, social justice, or economic justice. Literacy is all apart of that,”  said Executive Director of Literacy Delaware’s Cynthia Shermeyer.  “If you help the parents, you’re bringing up the entire family.”

Shermeyer also says research shows that a child’s parent who has low literacy skills has a 72% chance of struggling in school.

If you want to would like to become a volunteer visit www.literacydelaware.org

Categories: Delaware, Local News