September is National Literacy Month and the Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Council is using this month to call more attention to the issue locally.
Literacy Center Director Robyn Bush said that illiteracy is an issue that both StephensCounty and the whole country are dealing with.
“On average, the National Literacy Council figures that on average, 14 percent of U.S. citizens cannot read or write at this time,” said Bush. “That to me is a huge problem. If we have an illiterate community, we do not have a prosperous community.”
To help people learn to read and gain additional education, Bush says the LiteracyCenter on Broad Street in Toccoa offers a number of services to adults in the community.
Those services include a GED class with a teacher from North Georgia Tech, English as a Second Language classes, basic computer training, one-on-one tutoring, and a reference library.
According to Bush, the number of hours people are spending at the center is growing significantly this year from last year.
All of the services provided by the Literacy Center are free.
Bush said they are able to do that because of tremendous support from the community.
“There are so many people in Stephens County that have supported us through in-kind donations, which means that we do not have to go out and buy supplies for the center,” said Bush.
She said they need more support.
“We are using computers that are 10 years old,” said Bush. “We are using National Literacy Month to drum up financial support to upgrade our computer systems.”
For more information on services provided by the Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Center or donating to the Literacy Center, call the center at 706-282-5171.