National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week highlights importance of learning for parents and children
LAUREL, Del. – It’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and local organizations are doing their part to highlight the importance of adult education.
Literacy Delaware, in partnership with Laurel Public Library, hosted a Vocabulary Jar event tonight to kick off the week. Children decorated the jars filled with new words for them to learn.
The week focuses on the need for adult education in areas like reading.
Literary Delaware tells 47ABC, the need for more resources in the area came as Sussex County’s population became more diverse with many not speaking English as a primary language.
The goal is to ultimately create brighter futures and a strong family unit. “The number of people in Delaware who don’t read at a 3rd grade level is large. It could fill 9 football stadiums,” said Literacy Delaware’s Sussex County Coordinator Dale Davis.
“We’re able to help the community get jobs, better employment, improve their reading, go after their GED, and possibly even go to college. It’s invaluable,” said Laurel Public Library’s Adult Service Librarian Kristen Chelmow.
Literacy Delaware also tells us that English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish are the current primary languages in Sussex County.
As the community becomes more diverse, they hope to reach as many as they can.