Fifty years ago Friday, September 19, 1964, Dr. Frank Laubach, the global leader in adult literacy education, came to Wisconsin to speak. He told the 400 people assembled his story of teaching people to read in faraway places and how this method, each-one, teach-one has changed the lives of thousands of people around the world. Dr. Laubach threw out a challenge. He asked if there was any person in the room who would help him introduce “Each one teach one” to Wisconsin. Gordon Ralph volunteered to do just that.
Literacy Services of Wisconsin is kicking-off it’s 50th year on September 18, 2014 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. There will be 320 guests from across the decades joining to celebrate to kick-off this important milestone year. With an estimated 25,000 adults who have sat side-by-side with a volunteer tutor to learn to read, learn to speak English or earn a GED the impact of this organization on our community extends far and wide.
During this celebration four awards will be given. Sara Risley will be honored as the Tutor of Inspiration and Neri Wilkerson, Lume Abduli and Artie Williams will be recognized as Students of Inspiration for their accomplishments in 2013.
Literacy Services mission is to educate, motivate and inspire engaged adults to achieve greater independence and transform their lives. With more thank 50,000 adults in Milwaukee unable to read above a 2nd grade level there is still work ahead. The good news is that the magic of the one-on-one learning partnerships helps those adults learn to read and find their confidence to become more fully engaged parents, workers and citizens.
Each One, Teach One is alive and well at Literacy Services of Wisconsin today. With 371 active volunteer tutors donating 19,500 hours of there valuable time in 2013, this model is still the most powerful way for adults to realize their learning goals. Do you have 90 minutes a week to give to help a fellow Milwaukeean learn to read? Please consider coming to a volunteer orientation to learn more! www.literacyservices.org.