Literacy Council of Montgomery County
WISH LIST: $100: 5 spelling or pronunciation books; $500: 25 student subscriptions to News for You, a low-literacy newspaper; $1000: books for 40 adults in English for Daily Living
Reading and writing are activities so integral to daily life that we may not even notice we engage in them. But for the 100,000 residents of Montgomery County who are "limited English proficient," simple tasks like filling out a job application or scribbling a permission slip for a field trip pose almost impossible challenges. For the past 46 years, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County has helped make those tasks easier for more than 11,000 adult learners. Offering tutoring programs in English as a Second Language and Basic Literacy, LCMC provides cost-effective, flexible instruction to both foreign-born and native-born students -- many of whom are not comfortable in the larger classroom settings of local colleges. It also offers computer-based language labs and English for Daily Living courses, which give students the skills and vocabulary to navigate school, work, and community service. To meet the growing demand, LCMC plans to expand to 22 classes at five sites and reach nearly 1,400 adults a year. Your philanthropy puts their dreams into words.
Martha E. Stephens
21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20850