Lack of basic literacy and English skills is a growing problem that many adults in Sussex County must deal with on a daily basis. Recognizing this problem, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary club donated $1500 to Literacy Delaware on October 2, 2019 at the Lewes Library in support of their efforts to improve literacy and English skills of adults in the community. This donation is in keeping with the Club’s mission to provide a safety net to help the residents of the local community.
Poor literacy and English skills impact all aspects of family life including education, family life, employability, job skills, health and financial literacy especially with the immigrant population. Literacy Delaware is currently offering English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the Frankford and Selbyville libraries. The donation will be used to expand their presence throughout the county, wherever their services are needed. It will help defray costs of instructional materials, tutor training, resource books, teaching supplies, and assessment fees.
Cynthia Shermeyer, Executive Director of Literacy Delaware, said “The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club truly walks the walk on the 3rd Avenue of Service. Their support of Literacy Delaware continues their tradition of serving the needs in order to improve the quality of life for those in their local community.”
“The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club looks forward to working with Literacy Delaware in improving the quality of life in our local community,” said Mark Moscowitz, Treasurer. “Their model for delivering English-as-a-Second Language instruction is very effective so anything we can do to help them reach those in need will benefit everyone.”Literacy Delaware’s trained volunteer tutors provide targeted instruction to adults with low literacy or English language skills. Literacy Delaware assists adult learners to realize their potential as confident, self-sufficient and productive employees, family members and contributors to their communities.”
Pictured: Mark Moscowitz, Treasurer, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club presenting the donation to Cynthia Shermeyer, Executive Director, Literacy Delaware.