Literacy Forsyth speaks to veterans on illiteracy

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Literacy Forsyth, an agency dedicated to reducing illiteracy and its economic and social toll, provided an overview of the literacy problem to the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America on March 3.

Annaliza Thomas, executive director of Literacy Forsyth, said the Forsyth County community is reflective of the nationwide problem in which about 32 million Americans are functionally illiterate. That means they can’t read or write well enough to succeed in society.

With about 13,000 people in Forsyth County without a high school diploma, Literacy Forsyth works with schools to help identify and work with sixth through 12th-grade students who are at risk of dropping out.

The organization also works with schools, libraries, retired teachers and other community volunteers to combat the problem by helping about 1,300 people every year read more effectively in order to take a high school GED test, learn to communicate in English if they are foreign-born and assist those wishing to take the U.S. Citizenship Examination.

Soon, the organization will operate a mobile library, going to rural areas of North Forsyth County and giving books to spur reading and improve literacy.

For more information, email LiteracyForsyth@gmail.com.

FH 03-12-14