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Local organization continues working to improve literacy in Southern Arizona

Literacy for all ages
Posted at 7:55 AM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 09:55:10-05

TUCSON, AZ — Coming off the heels of the Festival of Books, one organization is continuing to fight for increased literacy skills in Southern Arizona.

Learning Center Coordinator for Literacy Connects, Cydne Bolton, says the organization she works for helps adults and children in reading, writing, math and English language acquisition.

"It is my hope that whether you find yourself a frequent reader, an occasional reader, a once in a blue moon reader or not a reader at all, that you too have been sparked or inspired to see literacy in your community."

Bolton says every year they see about 200 adults across their campuses working on improving their literacy and about 1,500 adults working to master English.

"It is our hope and what we work towards is empowering people to develop those skills so that they can move in this world and in this community."

In Arizona, an estimated 530,000 adults read at or below a fifth grade level, according to National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

Bolton says they cater to all ages and also have free books in their library. She says their adult classes are free and asks anyone with the desire to improve their literacy skills to contact them.