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Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties is addressing this problem locally with individualized reading instruction for over 150 students, including neighbors in your community, inmates at local prisons, and foreign-born workers in local businesses. A majority of these students have shown academic gains and higher reading levels during the past year. Four students received their citizenship and many others improved their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Others graduated from English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes and moved on to the Basic Literacy Program to further improve their reading and writing skills.

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties welcomes your assistance in providing these critical services. Along with badly needed financial support, we welcome your volunteer participation as tutors, public advocates, recruiters of eligible students, test administrators, and board members. The organization sponsors fundraising events in various locations throughout the year, includingLiteracy Volunteers of Clinton County and a dinner and silent auction in Malone on Sept. 28.

We greatly appreciate your support of this crucial community service. To obtain additional information, to make a donation, contribute as a volunteer, or receive our newsletters, you can contact our central office in Port Henry at 546-3008, our Malone office at 483-9366, or our Tri-Lakes office at 891-5567. (Donations can be forwarded to Literacy Volunteers at 3265 Broad Street, Port Henry, New York 12974 or on-line at www.LVEFC.com.).

Maria Burke, Director, Literacy Volunteers

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