News 12 This Morning/Thursday Oct. 17, 2013
(WRDW)--Forty-five million adults are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade reading level, according to the National Center for Adult Literacy.
"Illiteracy for adults particularly is considered America's hidden problem," said Dr. Paulette Harris.
GRU's Literacy Center is working to uncover that problem.
"We tutor about 250 students each week at the Literacy Center--over a thousand a month," Dr. Harris said.
Harris, director and founder of the Literacy Center, says the Center offers free one-on-one tutoring to all.
"Everything from born-to-read to life-long-literacy," she said.
The lessons are lead by a certified teacher with help from folks who've had teaching experience and students start by getting evaluated so they can get a personalized learning experience.
"We get individuals who have learning disabilities, individuals who have dyslexia, who have had major problems that may not have been fully addressed," she explained. "And so we want to make sure that we start where they are and move from that point."
Dr. Harris says she and her staff work hard to provide a safe space for older students.
"We have some adults and older teens who come in who don't want to be there when there are children and youth there," she said.
So, the Center will adjust hours and provide more options if needed.
"We had a gentleman for instance who had a learning disability and he came wearing his work uniform and in his toolbox," Dr. Harris explained. "[Inside], if you had looked, were his site words that he was learning [as well as] his sandpaper letters."
All in an effort to help any adult who wants to learn.
"And continue to work with them as long as they would like to continue to grow," she said.
Space is limited at the Literacy Center and registration for the spring opens back up in November.
For more information, visit their website by clicking on the link below.
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