The Literacy Council's mission is to provide free, one-on-one tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their reading and writing skills. We also advocate for literacy within the greater Kingsport community.
The Literacy Council of Kingsport had its origin in 1985 through a Johnson City Literacy Council and was incorporated in 1987 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving citizens in Kingsport and Sullivan County area. In 1999, LCK became a United Way of Kingsport agency which enabled the organization to serve more adult learners. The Literacy Council of Kingsport celebrated 20 years of service to the greater Kingsport community in 2006. In March 2007, the Board of Directors conducted a successful, first special event fundrasier, the Savvy SCRABBLE (R) Social Fundraiser. On May 18th, 2012, LCK will conduct a second fundraiser, a luncheon and book-signing event with New York Times' best-sellng author, Mary Alice Monroe.
Basic Adult Literacy Program
- This program utilizes a phonics-based reading program, Laubach Way to Reading, to help students develop basic reading and writing skills. Specialized, one-on-one instruction allows each student to progress at his or her own pace. Tutors also work with students on achieving individual goals, such as learning to read the Bible, getting a driver's license, getting a job, or learning how to manage a checking account. Upon completion of the program, students have a firm base of literacy skills with which to pursue further educational goals, such as earning a GED.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
- The ESOL Program teaches adult speakers of other languages to read, write, speak and understand English. For those adults just learning to speak English, emphasis is placed on Laubach Way to English method of developing vocabulary, conversation skills and day-to-day skills needed to survive in a new culture.
Children's Tutors in Elementary Schools and other Collaborative Projects in the Community
- Literacy Council's volunteer tutors are participating in several collaborative projects in which the literacy needs of adults and children are being addressed. LCK tutors are assisting at Lee Family Learning Center, Kingsport /Sullivan County Adult Education/GED program, Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill Industries, Girls, Inc., the Kingsport City Schools of Jackson, Johnson and Lincoln Elementary, the Sullivan County schools of Cedar Grove and Rock Springs Elementary, and Mount Carmel Elementary in Hawkins County.
Non-Tutor Volunteer Opportunities
- These positions enable the Literacy Council to support our growing literacy programs within our available financial resources. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for any of these opportunities: fundraising committee, public relations committee, program committee, training committee, tutor coordinator, office assistant, basic computer tutor.
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