WEAKLEY COUNTY ADULT EDUCATION – This past Wednesday, County Mayor Houston Patrick signed a proclamation officially declaring Sept. 13-17 to be National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. On hand for the signing were (front, from left) Pattie Nutting, President of Weakley County Adult Education; Patrick; Mitchell Parham, Director of the Weakley County Adult Learning Center; (back, from left) Terry Brundige; Rep. Mark Maddox; Marvin Flatt; Beth Kempton; Gordon Morris; Dannyelle Williams; Dustin Frazier; Elaine McDonald; Brian Winston; Shelly Bowers; Randy Frazier; John Salmon; Liz Dinwiddie and Kerry Killebrew.
The Weakley County Adult Learning Center and National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) will be celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week this week from Sept. 13-17.
Weakley County Mayor Houston Patrick signed the proclamation on Wednesday, Sept. 8 during the adult center’s Advisory Council meeting.
This Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, was sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] and is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in 20 co-signers in the House.
Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult learners who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training.
According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have basic or below basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate fully in their communities.
Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to the adults while the children are provided high quality preschool programming.
These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty. More information about family literacy programs is available at the National Center for Family Literacy, an NCL member, at http://www.famlit.org/.
The Weakley County Adult Learning Center located in Dresden addresses the needs of adults who do not have a high school diploma. Night classes will begin Sept. 14 and more information can be obtained by calling 731-364-5481.