GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- One in five Guilford County adults cannot read a children's book; that's about 75,000 people. Another 25% can't read at a high school level.
It's a major disadvantage for those looking for jobs here in the Triad, but help is out there. Reading Connections is the largest community-based adult literacy program in North Carolina.
Roberta Hawthorne, the student services coordinator for Reading Connections and Jaunita Keel, who is a student in the program joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about their program and the need for more volunteers.
"Last year, more than 800 students were served by Reading Connections," said Hawthorne. "More than 40 people in Guilford County are waiting for a tutor."
"I finished the 9th grade but never went back. Life happened. I got married and had children," said Keel. "With Reading Connections my life is so much better," she said.
Hawthorne says the group needs more volunteers.
You can attend the orientation session and interest meeting for Reading Connections on Thursday, December 5, 2013. It's from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the boardroom of the Wells Fargo building on Main Street and Kivett Drive in High Point. Call 336-884-7323 for more information.
WFMY News 2