Canton, NY, May 28, 2012 — Literacy advocates in the North Country say nearly 1 in 5 adults in St. Lawrence County has a problem reading. That means things like filling out a job application or taking a driving test may be challenging, or beyond their abilities. At the same time, funding for literacy programs has dropped dramatically in recent years. North Country programs now rely almost entirely on volunteer tutors.
Anne Mazzotta wanted to get involved with literacy efforts in St. Lawrence Country after she retired as a nurse and counselor. This was about ten years ago. But she ran into a problem: In a county where around 17% of adults had problems reading, there was no literacy program. Mazzotta called Literacy of Northern New York, in Watertown. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Jan 18, 2002 — Literacy is the ability to read and write at a certain level of proficiency. But, increasingly it has become common to attach the word to the subjects of math, science and even computers. As our series on literacy in the North Country concludes today, we look at how employers are coping with the increasing demands for a more technologically skilled workforce and how the gap in skills affects the northern New York economy. Jody Tosti has our story.
Clinton County Literacy Volunteers (518) 564-5332 One-Stop Career Center, St. Lawrence County (315) 386-3276 Go to full article
Jan 17, 2002 — Traditional research says that a child's ability to succeed in school is strongly related to his or her parent's—and especially mother's—level of education. If a mother learns to read or gets her GED, the idea goes, she's better prepared to read to her children, teach them the skills they'll need when they get to school. But further research says the situation may be more complicated. David Sommerstein explores the field of family literacy with a profile of the federal funded Even Start program in Franklin County.
Even Start programs in the North Country: Franklin County: Joe Campbell, (518)4830290 St. Lawrence County: Faye Bartley, (315)379-9201 x164 Clinton & Essex Counties: Jeanette Mitchell, (518)942-3077 Herkimer County: (315)867-2079 There is currently no Even Start program in Jefferson or Lewis Counties. Go to full article
Jan 17, 2002 — David Sommerstein talks with Jill Vaughan, the home educator with Even Start in Franklin County, about how poverty and class issues figure into literacy and school success. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2002 — Todd Moe profiles a first grade class in Heuvelton, just on the verge of literacy, where a combination of phonics and whole-language is used to motivate kids to read, and the divide between fast learners and problem readers begins. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2002 — Coming out of the illiteracy closet. David Sommerstein profiles two people who have learned to read late in life with the help of Literacy Volunteers in Jefferson and Lewis counties. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2002 — As part of our literacy series, commentator Betsy Kepes tells us about her youngest son just learning to read, being a literacy volunteer and being functionally illiterate while living in Japan. Go to full article