What an amazing year we’ve had at the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County! In 2019, we’ve welcomed a record-breaking 38 new students who are working toward completing their GED, improving their general education skills or learning English. Our students come from every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Their education levels vary from pre-reading skills to a student who recently received her Ph.D. But, no matter their educational background or economic status, their goal remains the same--to improve their own skills so they can improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
Thanks to the efforts of our one-on-one tutors, our students have achieved amazing progress. One of our students, a 56-year-old man, came to the ALC last winter with a pre-kindergarten reading level. Thanks to his two tutors, he now reports that he is able to read and reply to text messages for the first time in his life. Another student came to us a year ago with little confidence to speak English with anyone. But, with the help of her tutor each week, along with many field trips, the student is now successfully able to navigate daily activities such as going to the store and visiting the doctor, and she’s now looking for a job. And, finally, this year we have been able to celebrate the months and years of hard work of three of our students, as they were sworn in as US citizens at the Federal Courthouse.
These students’ stories are just a few of the successes we see as our students gain educational skills to go to college, apply for a job and get a promotion. But, none of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors! Individuals, like you, make a difference in the lives of our students each and every day. And thanks to our dedicated supporters Bob and Jan Blazich, the Endowment Fund of Grace Lutheran Church - Grafton, and the Zaun Foundation, we are excited to announce a matching challenge grant of $6,000 from now through the end of the year. So for every dollar you give to the ALC, two dollars will go directly toward the education of our students.
Here are a few examples of what your donation can do:
--$25 provides a scholarship for a student who is financially unable to pay.
--$40 covers the cost of tutor materials for one tutor.
--$100 covers the cost of an online training membership for student educational resources.
--$1200 sponsors the tutoring and supplies needed for one student for a full year.
Because of our matching grant, if you give now, your donation to impact one student will be doubled to help two students reach their goals. What a great time to support the ALC! The deadline to accept donations for our matching grant is December 31, 2019. All gifts are tax deductible and can either be made online or mailed to the Adult Literacy Center (715 6th Avenue, Grafton, WI 53024). Thank you for helping our students reach their life goals!