During the month of October, we've brought you three stories from Literacy Connects, showing how this local program has helped children and adults with everything from learning to read, to gaining job and life skills to further their careers.
This story is about Rachelle Cutright, a single mother of 5. Literacy Connects helped her reach a goal she wasn't sure was possible: getting her G.E.D.
Cydne Bolton, a learning center coordinator at Literacy Connects, has been helping adults reach their goals for more than 6 years.
About 50 students go through Bolton's program each year, including Cutright.
Bolton says with volunteers and tutors to help work with individuals one-on-one, even those who drop out for personal or family reasons usually come back and find success.
For Cutright, it was her children that kept her going: "At Literacy Connects you work at your own pace and everybody starts at a different place in their education and the tutors are one on one with you."
Cutright's next step: college!
Literacy Connects also encourages volunteering.
Bolton says hearing her students laughing, or simply joking around, are some of the most uplifting moments for her; that alone is worth getting involved.