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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who spoke to Wordplay guests about the importance of adult basic education, with Literacy Works Executive Director Christine Kenny. (Photos courtesy of Literacy Works.)

The mission of Chicago’s Literacy Works is to “strengthen adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs by developing and providing innovative training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for professionals and volunteers.” This mission took center stage at the Literacy Works gala on May 20 at the Unitarian Church in Evanston. During Wordplay: An Evening of Mysterious Improv, emceed by Keri Keillor, Literacy Works exceeded its “Fund the Need” goal of raising $5,000 to train more than 100 new tutors and begin allowing families in various communities to gain the literacy skills they need and deserve. In total, the gala raised more than $40,000 for high-quality adult education programs.

This gala is only one of the many ways that Literacy Works focuses on helping families throughout Evanston improve their literacy skills. They offer numerous programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL), reading, writing and math. If you’ve been seeking an Adult Education Program, Literacy Works is always willing to help find the right education program for you. And if you’d like to become an Adult Literacy Tutor, volunteers are welcome to fill out an online form.

Literacy Works: Nissa Cox, Brandon Cox and Kelwin Harris

Nissa Cox with Literacy Works Board Members Brandon Cox and Kelwin Harris.

Literacy Works: Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s South Side correspondent, received Literacy Works ’2017 Inspiration Award for her reporting on education, community development and social justice.

Literacy Works: Melanie Sampson, Michael Jackson and Emma Rubin

Melanie Sampson, Literacy Works Adult and Family Literacy Specialist, Volunteer Tutor Michael Jackson and Howard Area Community Center Literacy Instructor Emma Rubin presented the 2017 Charline Johnson Adult Learner Award to Megnonhou Sossouki, who arrived in the U.S. three years ago speaking no English.

 

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