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Literacy program active in county

More than 150 students taking part

— Approximately 4,000 people in Essex County and 5,000 in Franklin County lack the basic literacy skills to function in today’s society, the LVA director noted.

“The correlation between poverty, education and employment has been documented and proven in multiple studies,” Burke said. “According to the Summary of Health and Human Service Needs in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, the poverty level for Essex County was 13 percent and 16 percent for Franklin County — 2.5 percent above the state average— in 2008.”

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties welcomes community support, Burke said.

“Along with badly needed financial support, we welcome your volunteer participation as tutors, public advocates, recruiters of eligible students, test administrators and board members,” she said. “The organization sponsors fundraising events in various locations throughout the year. We greatly appreciate your support of this crucial community service.”

For information on the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties program people can call the Port Henry office at 546-3008 or the Tri-Lakes office at 891-5567. Information is also available online at www.LVEFC.com.

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