WARSAW — Hoping to expand literacy in adults and preschoolers across Kosciusko County, Kosciusko Literacy Services has been working with other agencies to develop the skills need to grow.
“We want to foster literacy in Warsaw by working with agencies like the Department of Education to provide tutors for adults,” said Cindy Cates, a representative of KLS. “We think we can help eliminate adult illiteracy by focusing on adults and preschoolers.”
“What we really want is for parents to be reading to their children,” Cates noted. “So we focus on preschoolers and adults.”
KLS provides free books for children living below the poverty level every month. Over the past year, around 550 children per month have received free books. Parents are also encouraged to read regularly to their children, helping them develop language and reading skills.
Additionally, KLS provides one-to-one tutoring for adults at no cost and literacy and workplace classes at the Gateway Education Center.
Since KLS works through other organizations, every donation goes directly toward helping citizens of Kosciusko County learn to read. “There is very little overhead,” Cates said. “We have very few workers, since we work with so many other organizations. By collaborating, it allows donations to go directly toward the program.”
Throughout the year, KLS holds author dinners to help raise money. Coming April 14, an author dinner will be held to celebrate the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
To donate to KLS, you can send a check to 201 N. Union St., Warsaw, or visit their website. KLS is a non-profit organzation and donations are tax-refundable.
You can also promote literacy in Kosciusko County by volunteering as a tutor or reader, conducting a book drive or sponsoring a child in the children’s book club. To learn more, visit kosciuskoliteracyservices.org or call (574) 267-5380.