For what many take for granted, others struggle with on a daily basis. And it is for that reason the Grace Center of Oklahoma is beginning its adult literacy classes this week.
Lesley Dvorak, executive director of The Grace Center, said the classes are a by-product of a collaborative effort between Dollar General and ProLiteracy.
"We were approached to do adult literacy," Dvorak said. "We are focusing on adult learners between the fifth and eighth grade levels that stopped going to school. We can target that group and bring them up to a level where they can take the GED Prep Course."
Dvorak said there are 10 students per session, which are 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes will run in eight-week blocks. Yvette Spencer will serve as the instructor.
"We are looking at seven right now, and we will take more than 10," Dvorak said. "Yvette is also willing to do an evening class if people are interested. We also have daycare available."
Dvorak also said that although classes start Tuesday, it is not too late to register, as classes can be filled through next week. The first part of gaining entry to the class is an assessment. Those who need help and don't fall within the criteria of the program can still receive assistance at New Dimensions.
"The reason I think this initiative is important, is reading changes everything," Dvorak said. "It opens up new jobs. Also, if adults read better, it will allow them to help their children with their reading."
This is the first time The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma has offered the class. Dvorak said although the program has been offered in two larger areas, this is the first time for Dollar General and ProLiteracy to offer the pilot program in an area of this size.
To find out more about the program, people can sign up for an assessment at The Grace Center or call (580) 223-2027. Interested parties can also contact Spencer at (314) 596-1743.