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  • Hailey

    July 7, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    1. After doing my research — In the United States, 14% of adults cannot read, and 21% read below a 5th-grade level, with 19% of high school graduates unable to read at all. Low literacy has significant socio-economic impacts: 43% of adults with low literacy live in poverty, and 50% do not have a job. Additionally, 85% of juvenile offenders and 75% of state prison inmates have low literacy skills, with 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade likely to end up in jail or on welfare. Alarmingly, 1 in 4 children in America grows up without learning how to read, contributing to a cycle of illiteracy and socio-economic challenges.

    2. Reducing illiteracy rates in my community can be achieved through early childhood education programs, the establishment of reading programs and tutoring services in schools, libraries, and community centers that can provide individualized support to struggling readers, and approaches similar to WLF. Increasing access to books through free little libraries, book drives, and well-stocked public libraries can foster a culture of reading. Offering adult literacy classes and GED programs can help adults improve their skills, while literacy awareness campaigns can highlight the importance of reading and inform the community about available resources. Additionally, organizing fundraising events and seeking grants can provide the necessary resources to support these initiatives and ensure their sustainability.