Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hemet Public Library

Walkers Take Steps to Promote Literacy Valley Chronicle: October 2, 2009 by Jenna Hunt

If you can read this sentence, you are one of the lucky ones living in the San Jacinto Valley because some of your adult neighbors can’t read.

The fourth annual Walk-A-Mile for Literacy fundraiser Saturday in downtown Hemet aimed to shed light on illiteracy in the community.

“We have a record number of walkers,” said Lori Eastman, the library’s literacy coordinator. “We want to bring awareness of what the struggles are like.”

The 2000 census showed that 26.5 percent of the area’s population did not have a high school diploma and 17.3 percent read at below basic literacy levels, Eastman said.

During the walk, about 275 people of all ages stopped at displays that creatively showed how difficult it would be to try to go about daily tasks without literacy.

The number of people was about 25 more people than last year, Eastman said. The Hemet Police Explorers, a youth patrol, assisted with the walk. READ MORE !

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