KOSCIUSKO — AHEPA Indiana recently donated $500 to Kosciusko Literacy Services.
The donation will support one-on-one tutoring for adults and Read to Grow Children’s Book Club. One-on-one tutoring for adults helps adults who are learning to read, earning an Indiana High School Equivalency diploma or learning English as a new language. Read to Grow Children’s Book Club has helped children from low-income homes enter kindergarten on par with their peers and continue their academic success. The children enter kindergarten with pre-literacy skills necessary to continue learning.
The pre-literacy skills are vocabulary, print motivation, phonological awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge and print awareness. The early development of these skills is necessary for future success in school. The cycle of poverty and illiteracy needs to be broken. Education is the best defense against poverty and literacy is the foundation of all education. Literacy is the cornerstone of personal and societal freedom and liberty. The support of the AHEPA Indiana helps to ensure the success of children and adults in Kosciusko County.
Kosciusko Literacy Services fosters literacy and provides literacy programming for Kosciusko County residents from birth to senior citizens. The mission of the Kosciusko Literacy Services is to increase the literacy levels of all citizens of the community by implementing innovative and comprehensive programs using a collaborative effort from the community; increasing public awareness of literacy issues facing adults, children, and families; and providing trained volunteer tutors for the adult students.
AHEPA, or the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, is the oldest and largest Greek heritage membership organization in the United States. The mission is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family, and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.