Literacy Council helps students with reading, math skills

September 25, 2013 • Local News

This article is one in a series of stories focusing on local agencies that receive support from the United Way of Chaves County, which is currently conducting its annual fundraising campaign. 

Dictionaries may provide the gift of words, but reading is the gateway to knowledge and a world beyond our door. Founded in 1974, the Roswell Literacy Council is the oldest in the state of New Mexico. “We serve a critical need in Roswell … and a powerful purpose,” said Executive Director Andrae England.

She noted that there are established links between literacy development, poverty and poor health. The goal she said is not learning to read, but reading to learn. “Literacy development is not just for reading; it’s for understanding.”

The Literacy Council doesn’t only teach reading; it teaches math skills. The council’s tutors concentrate on practical applied math skills. “High level math, like calculus, are often never used in people’s Login to read more

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