The Literacy Council of Grand Island's purpose is to teach reading, writing and math,
English as a second language (ESL), and help prepare individuals for citizenship / GED. Funds will be used for student curriculum. The LCGI currently serves over 400 students in Grand Island. Students from Sudan, Somalia, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Laos, Venezuela and more. will benefit from this grant. The Literacy Council of Grand Island mission statement is to teach students, free of charge, the literacy skills necessary to communicate, grow and thrive within our community. This grant will pay for 42 curriculum packets.
Approximately 11 million adults in the United States (5% of the total population) were estimated to be nonliterate in English, as defined by their inability to complete a minimum number of questions on the assessment, according to National Association for Adult Literacy.
Researchers Martinez & Wang (2005) reported a 46% wage differential between immigrants who spoke English and those who did not.This Rotary project will help more immigrants learn English and be prepared for citizenship and GED testing. The curriculum packet that students use cost approximately $30 for a book and workbook. $1250 can help approximately 42 students. This program is ongoing and students can sign up anytime to start classes and lessons. The funds will be given to LCGI when received and they will order materials at that time. Club members can volunteer as tutors, group class instructors, language lab assistants and general community connection center volunteers.