Lexington Four Community Partnership
*    Read to Learn   *   Read to Lead   *   Read to LIVE   *





The purpose of the Lexington Four Community Literacy Partnership (CLP) is to build awareness of the focus on literacy in our Lexington Four Community and to deepen the involvement of all stakeholders in the quest for ensuring every student’s success through literacy.

We will do this by:

·         Raising awareness of the vital role literacy plays in school and life

·         Strengthening natural partnerships between schools and communities

·         Providing additional opportunities for Summer Reading

       



We look for new ideas and bold moves while we embrace and create change. We are committed to the cause of literacy. Every person should have the chance to achieve their potential and participate fully in society.

Community Partnership Meeting




Future Community Partnership Schedule

Date:        October 21, 2015

Time:        Breakfast and Fellowship at 8:00

                  Meeting begins at 8:30

Location:  Sandhills Elementary School Media Center




FACTS ABOUT LITERACY


  • Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
  • There are 774 million adults around the world who are illiterate in their native languages.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.
  • In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
  • The United States ranks fifth  on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
  • Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:  More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.; Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.; Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
  • Globally, illiteracy can be linked to: Gender abuse, including female infanticide and female circumcision; Extreme poverty (earning less than $1/day); High infant mortality and the spread of HIV/Aids, malaria, and other preventable infectious diseases.