Literacy Council holds annual meeting


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Executive Board Members of The Twin Counties Literacy Council recently held their annual meeting at Belmont Farms in Rocky Mount.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Setting Strategies for Student Success in 2017.” The Twin Counties Literacy Council is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 2011 in order to serve the needs of adult learners ages 16 and older in Nash, Edgecombe and the surrounding counties with a mission to coordinate, expand, and enhance adult and intergenerational literacy services. The Council certifies literacy volunteers to work one-on-one with citizens in no-charge tutorial settings who have deficient reading skills.

It is estimated that the percentage of adults who lack basic prose literacy skills in Nash County is 16 percent and 25 percent in Edgecombe County. Based on population estimates, this means there are almost 30,000 adults who cannot read at a basic level in the two counties.

“It therefore remains imperative that TCLC’s governing board continues to plan and strategize on an ongoing basis to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of serving literacy learners” said Dr. Bertha Haynes, founder and executive director of The Twin Counties Literacy Council. “Therefore, special emphases have been placed on tutor and student recruiting, retaining students, program marketing, diversifying its literacy services, fundraising and growing TCLC’s support base.”

Since The Twin Counties Literacy Council’s inception in 2011, the Council has partnered with several community-based organizations and businesses to ensure that tutorial services and program activities remain consistent and meaningful. The Twin Counties Literacy Council views the strength of its programming to be directly connected to the support of the entities that have pledged to align with the mission and vision of the organization and therefore continues to seek individuals, agencies, businesses and organizations that will partner to make a difference.

For more information, contact Haynes at 252-442-1511 or Jerry Harper at 252-823-5166.