The Oswego County Legislature recently proclaimed September as Literacy Month in an effort to promote awareness about literacy needs and issues.
“Literacy is the key to reducing crime, ending poverty, promoting democracy, and achieving personal empowerment,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry D. Leemann. “It improves workplace productivity and quality of life for families in communities throughout our county.”
The proclamation was given to Diane Zeller, program coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc.
“Our volunteers have helped many people achieve their goals with free confidential tutoring in basic literacy and computer skills, citizenship and English as a second language classes and GED preparation,” said Zeller. “We would like to invite the residents of Oswego County to join us in highlighting the societal, cultural, personal and economic importance of literacy.”
One out of five Oswego County residents lack basic literacy skills to help them reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.
Literacy is a fundamental building block of all learning, essential to an individual’s success and growth, and vital for a workforce to compete economically on a global level and further economic development.
For more information about literacy in Oswego County, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. at 315/342-8839 or visit their Web site at www.lvoswego.org.