Educational Institutions

Stewart County Adult Literacy Council

  • Dover, TN

Mission Statement

The mission of Stewart County Adult Literacy Program is to promote lifelong learning in Stewart and Houston Counties.

Main Programs

  1. GED Test Fees
  2. GED Graduation
  3. Imagination Library
  4. Books at Christmas
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 1989

Self-reported

Ms. Marcia Robertson

Keywords

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STEWART HOUSTON Illiteracy Literacy Adult Education Adult Reading GED

EIN

62-1399556

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Last year, the Literacy Council sponsored children in the Imagination Library, paid GED test fees for adults who could not afford to pay them and sponsored the annual GED Graduation. Our goals this year are to sponsor children in the Imagination Library Program, expand our GED test fee assistance, provide more class time for people preparing for the GED and working on basic skills and, of course, sponsor the 2010 GED Graduation.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

GED Test Fees

Many people who need their GED for employment, higher education or training, or simply self-fulfillment are not able to pay the $65 test fee. While the state and Educational Opportunity Center provide vouchers when certain guidelines are met, there are always some that do not qualify yet are able to pass the test. The Literacy Council pays test fees for adult learners who are recommended by the Adult Education Program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 2

GED Graduation

GED Graduation is the pinnacle of our year. It is a time to recognize adults for their accomplishments and their goals and dreams for the future. The ceremony is conducted much as a high school graduation, except much more touching. Graduates are given the opportunity to speak at the ceremony, thanking family and friends, saying what the diploma means to them, their plans for the future- anything that is on their hearts. We have special music, a renowned speaker, caps and gowns, everything special we can think of. A reception is held immediately following.
Our graduation usually honors 20-30 graduates out of the 50 who usually pass their GED test. Our audience usually consists of 200-300 guests.
The cost is around $750. Sometimes people sponsor a graduate and pay for their cap, gown and tassel ($25) which is a great help. We ask for no money from our graduates. This is their day and it would prevent many of them from participating.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$750.00

Program 3

Imagination Library

Our council members engage in fund-raising, such as salad luncheons, to be able to sponsor 10 children in each of the two counties.
Our goal is to see books come into homes that may not have many in them otherwise. This fosters reading, not only for the child, but also for the adults in the homes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$260.00

Program 4

Books at Christmas

The council sponsors a Christmas tree at the Adult Education Center and supplies books for children and paperbacks for adults to be put on the tree as decorations. When people come into the center during the month of December, they may take a book from the tree.
Our goal, of course, is to foster reading, both the love of reading and the habit of reading.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$200.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Funding Needs

Our Literacy Council needs more volunteers to assist with fund-raising and public awareness,  larger membership base, supplies or printing, and caps and gowns for graduation. Caps, gowns and tassels are approximately $25 per set.

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Stewart County Adult Literacy Council

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Principal Officer

Ms. Marcia Robertson

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Stewart County Adult Literacy Council is comprised of adults who desire to provide opportunities to learn and thrive for all adults, children and families in Stewart and Houston County. We do that in a variety of ways: inviting adult learners to take advantage of the Adult Education Program; encouraging children to read; applauding those who participate; making the public aware of the Adult Education Program, Literacy Council and other groups with similar missions."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Nancy Mullins

Retired Stewart County Board of Education - Special Education

Term: Jan 2006 - Jan 2010

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