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Our Students Are Back! 

Adam and our students are back! And our teachers too!

We are overjoyed that Governor Wolf line-item-vetoed the spending plan freeing up funds for Center for Literacy, and for schools and other nonprofits. Now our students can continue their classes in adult basic education, GED prep and English as a second language.
 
But there is the rub. We had to suspend classes for our students on November 2 because 80 percent of our funding comes from the state, and the funding is six months late. Now we need to put our full efforts into getting our 600 students back. It will require a recruitment effort that we have never done before: lots of phone calls, lots of text messages and lots of letters.

We want our students back because we care about them. But there is another reason why we want them back: If we don't keep our number of students up it affects our state funding, in a bad way. We would not have access to the funds that we need to provide all of the services that the students need and deserve.

We brought our students back the week of January 11. Your donation will help us get all of our students back. 

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Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

Poverty and Literacy in Philadelphia

Almost 40 percent of those living in poverty in Philadelphia lack a high school credential. Without one, they are at a serious disadvantage when trying to find work or earn family-sustaining wages. Out of reach for them are jobs in the fastest-growing sectors - education and the health services – which require higher education or post-secondary training.

While 217,000 adults in Philadelphia do not have a high school diploma, the number of adults whose lives are impacted by a lack of literacy skills is far larger: an estimated 550,000 individuals are considered low literate. This means that almost 40 percent of the adult population in Philadelphia struggles to fill out a job application, struggles to read doctors’ instructions on their medicines and struggles to help with their children’s homework.

Center for Literacy disrupts the cycle of poverty by providing the knowledge and skills for Philadelphians to succeed in post-secondary education, to compete in the 21st century economy, and to support the educational attainment of their children. 

Born as a volunteer tutoring program in 1968, CFL has served tens of thousands of individuals with classes in adult basic education, GED prep and English as a second language, along with youth initiatives, family literacy, job readiness, and small group and one-on-one tutoring.

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
If you grocery shop at any of the Superfresh locations, signing up for a myREWARDS card is incredibly easy - and free. Superfresh has joined eScrip to bring us the Superfresh Community Rewards program which can make a huge difference for us. You can register your Superfresh myREWARDS card in one of two ways:
 
 
Once your card is registered, 1% of each purchase will benefit Center for Literacy. This does not add any amount to your grocery bill. Once you complete the registration process, all you need to do is swipe your card each time you shop and everything will be taken care of.
 
 
 
Amazon Smile is a separate website from Amazon. The website looks and operates the same but a small percentage from each purchase will be given to Center for Literacy. To create an account, visit Amazon Smile and follow these steps:
 
Register for an account by filling in your information
You will be directed to a page where you can search for a charitable organization.
Search "Center for Literacy Inc" and select the one in Philadelphia, PA.
Share on Facebook or Twitter to encourage others to join.

Once you are registered, make sure you purchase using Amazon Smile and not Amazon in order to donate to Center for Literacy

 


    
 
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