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Please support Literacy NY

September, National Literacy Month, is over, but the work of volunteer tutors with Literacy New York–Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties continues all year.

As president of our three-county organization, I’m especially proud of our dedicated tutors who teach adult students for free every week. It’s difficult work but immensely rewarding.

I became a board member of Literacy NY in 2007 because I thought it would be a good thing for people to read a newspaper or the latest best seller. I quickly learned that’s not what we’re about. Many of our students can’t read a medicine label, a grocery list or a job application. But when they complete our courses, they can do all of that.

Many students enter our literacy program to earn a high school equivalency diploma in order to get a job or a better job. And they do. We have dozens of success stories, including former students who have gone on to college. And besides teaching reading and math skills, our tutors give students something else: Dignity.

Please support Literacy NY–Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties when you can. Our offices in Gloversville and Cobleskill make our area — and our people — better.

JIM POOLE

Cobleskill