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Literacy efforts rely on volunteers

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

Job Skills: Math, Science and Computer Literacy

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

People: Mike Coffey?On Poetry and Language

Our literacy series continues as poet Michael Coffey reads his poem "Marie" and talks about language. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Even Start Program Helps Franklin County Families Learn to Read

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

Confessions of a Library "Criminal"

Brian Mann's commentary on his love of reading and books--and a love-hate relationship with libraries.  Go to full article

People: Jill Vaughan, home literacy educator

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

Teaching First Graders to Read in Heuvelton

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

Learning to Read Late in Life

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

Commentary: Cracking the Code for Reading

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

Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country, pt. 2

Looking at the two dominant methods of teaching reading, phonics and whole language, how they work, and how they don't. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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