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Family Literacy Center thanks community


To the Editor:

The Family Literacy Center would like to thank our community for the incredible support that has been given to us this year. This is our 28th year of service in Lapeer County and we feel blessed.

We offer free tutoring for adults who live or work in the Lapeer County area. Tutoring is based on the goals of the students. Studies indicate that one in five adults in the United States reads at or below a sixth grade level.

We help English as a Second Language (ESL) students as well. We also offer several skill building workshops for parents and their children. Call us if your child is struggling in school; we would love to help. 810-664-2737.

In 2008, we have been fortunate to be able to help a record number of people in our community. This would not be possible without generous donors who help us meet our financial goals. They give at a variety of levels, from $20 to $20,000 and help us build literacy skills. Our wonderful volunteers work in a variety of capacities including volunteering as tutors, board members, clerical support, and more. Volunteers make it possible for us to accomplish so much. Their efforts are deeply appreciated. Check out our website at www.readlapeer.org for an extensive list of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join our team.

We are greatly looking forward to 2009. We know our area will face many challenges. We plan to offer some new services to meet growing needs.

Through a Great Start grant, we will be facilitating playgroups throughout Lapeer County. This will offer fun learning opportunities for parents and their children, 0-5 years old. Our first sessions will be offered later this month. We have long wanted to offer tutoring for children. This summer, we will start this new project. We are still in the process of designing this pilot project and will be recruiting and training volunteers soon.

We feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community. We thank you all for your support and generosity.

Mary Shelton-Wiese, Executive Director, Family Literacy Center of Lapeer
January 07, 2009

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