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What Does Literacy Have to Do With Success?

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:34am -- jnelson

What Does Literacy Have to Do With Success?

According to the National Center for Family Literacy, one of four adults do not have the necessary ability, skills, or knowledge to complete a task successfully because they cannot read at a proficient level.

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Look around you. How many words and sentences do you see? Imagine seeing these words in a completely different language. You would feel at a loss, insecure, and unsure about what step to take in any given situation. For many adults, this problem began early in their childhood. Children who are read to out loud are more equipped to succeed in school, because reading out loud allows children to recognize and memorize the alphabet and words.

Most children who are not read to out loud before entering kindergarten have a more difficult time learning to read. Learning to read is vital because when the child enters grade four, the focus is no longer on learning to read.

“You learn to read until the 3rd grade, then after 3rd grade you must be able to read to learn,” said Carmen Hughey, a Read2Succeed volunteer. “Basically, to continue with your education and succeed in it, you need to be able to read and understand what you’re reading. If you don’t have that basis by 3rd grade, it’s harder to catch up.”

With Read2Succeed, the goal is to come alongside the teachers and add another layer of assistance to these kids who may be struggling. Read2Succeed helps them learn to read, which will affect the rest of their lives. Whether learning to read affects the choices they make or what they’re able to do, it’s one of the most important things in life.

You may not think you’re equipped to be a tutor or mentor to students who struggle with reading. However, the fact that you can read and impart that knowledge to a younger generation is success in itself. Sylvia McGee, a United Way project manager says it best:

“We want our volunteers to be successful people,” said Sylvia. “They may not even feel like they are successful, but if you are able to read, you do have success in life.”