More than 27,000 Lexington County residents are functionally illiterate. Worse, more than 47,000 Richland County residents are functionally illiterate.
That is almost enough people to fill Williams Brice Stadium.
Many of them are illiterate adults who turned to lives of crime because they could not qualify for jobs. Those are the findings of a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics.
That was one of the messages two Turning Pages board members, Bruce Donatelli and Jerry Bellune of Lexington, brought to the St, Andrews Rotary Club last week.
Turning Pages currently is coaching about 25 illiterate adults. Many of them aim to learn to read, write and calculate math to be able to pass the GED (General Education Diploma) test.
Turning Pages depends on public donations to cover the expense of teaching these people life skills they need to qualify for jobs in today’s technologically-driven economy.
Donations, Donatelli said, may be mailed to Turning Pages, 4840 Forest Drive, Suite 6-B, Columbia S.C. 29206-4810.
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