In an effort to raise awareness about issues surrounding literacy, Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day and encouraged residents to learn more about the importance of literacy and to become more involved with literacy in our community. According to ProLiteracy, 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child.
Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:
- More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
- Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
- Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
In conjunction with September 8th’s designation as International Literacy Day, the following programs are being offered by Project Read-Menlo Park:
- Volunteer Tutor Training, Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, 1st session, Sept. 7 at 5:30 pm
- Families for Literacy Storytime, Belle Haven Community School, Family Center, Sept. 10 at 11 am
- Free English Classes, Belle Haven Community School, 415 Ivy Drive, Registration Sept. 13 at 7 pm
To learn more about these programs and Project Read Menlo Park, call (650) 330-2525 or visit the organization’s website.www.projectreadmenlopark.org.