History of the Laclede Literacy Council
Laclede Literacy Council was founded in 1987 and registered with the state in 1989 as a non-profit volunteer organization, which provides free tutoring services for people in Laclede County who desire to improve their reading and writing skills. In 1995 a permanent office was opened in Lebanon, Missouri. In 1996 our adult Basic Literacy services expanded to include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Our Family Literacy program was initiated in 1998 and includes tutoring children working below grade level in reading (especially ESL students). Established in 2002, our Prison Literacy program provides tutors for Laclede County Jail inmates with low literacy skills. Prison inmates at higher levels are encouraged to work toward their high school equivalency diploma (HiSET).
All council services are FREE. The only cost to the student is the workbook material. Scholarship programs are available for any student who cannot afford the workbooks. All tutors are volunteers and are certified in the Laubach Method of Teaching Adults. Two volunteer Laubach Tutor Trainers conduct pre-service tutor training and bi-yearly continuing education programs.
Laclede Literacy Council is accredited by and affiliated with ProLiteracy Worldwide. It is ProLiteracy Worldwide's mission to develop and promote adult literacy learning, content, and programs to help adult learners, and to advocate on their behalf. The Laclede Literacy Council proudly supports this mission and utilizes the adult learning materials sold through ProLiteracy Worldwide's publishing company.