Seneca Literacy Volunteers’ Third Annual Spelling Bee

SENECA COUNTY – Imagine pulling up to a gas station to buy gas. You insert your credit card and words flash on the pump’s screen. But you can’t read them! How would you buy gas? That’s what nearly 5,000 adults in Seneca County face every day. They can’t read or write well enough to function on the job, or in everyday situations. “The numbers are staggering,” said Richard Langley, president of the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County. “Reading is a fundamental skill needed to allow people to function in society. Illiteracy costs our nation’s businesses and taxpayers approximately $20 billion a year. But we can help!” Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County is sponsoring its third annual Spelling Bee for Literacy to call attention to the great need to help people master basic skills, and to raise funds to enable Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County do just that. The event will be on Saturday, March 21 at Waterloo High School. Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to form teams of three members plus an alternate and sign up now. Once they pay their $50 per team entry fee, they will receive the list of words to study. For more information, contact Bill Judd at 315-539-9757. Don’t have a team? You can still help combat illiteracy by becoming a corporate sponsor, placing an ad in the sponsor booklet or donating a prize for the silent auction.Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County served 22 adult learners this year with the helpof 17 volunteers, said Program Director Kaaren Gerlach.For some, that means help in reading, for others, it is assistance in earning a high school equivalency diploma. Two students have worked with tutors to become American citizens. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Literacy Volunteers, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, call 315 539 1795 or visit the website at www.senecaliteracy.com

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