Literacy Is the Foundation; You Can Be One of Its Building Blocks Betty Stauffer: Literacy Is the Foundation of a Community

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Literacy Is the Foundation; You Can Be One of Its Building Blocks Betty Stauffer: Literacy Is the Foundation of a Community


Stauffer, Betty, AZ Daily Star


Every day, as the executive director of Literacy Connects, I see the real impact that literacy, or a lack thereof, has on individual lives and the community at large. I'm writing to bring awareness to National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Sept. 26 to Oct. 1), and to acknowledge the place that literacy holds in our community.

I recently sat down with one of our Adult Basic Literacy students to talk with him about the role that literacy has played in his life. As a young man, Robert Soto loved school. "I loved to read," he said. However, he went to work on oil rigs before he graduated from high school. The money was good and he enjoyed working with his hands. From working on oil rigs, to working as a construction foreman to being a manager of auto sales, Robert always held down a good job, but he eventually found it difficult to navigate the job market without a GED.

"I wanted to move forward," Robert said, and so he contacted Arizona@Work for some guidance. They referred him to the Lindsey Learning Center, a collaboration between Literacy Connects and Arizona@Work, that provides skills improvement and GED preparation to job seekers. In his own words, Robert "just kept chipping away" and eventually went on to earn his GED last spring. Literacy Connects "empowered me to take steps ... I feel confident," he said, reflecting on his time in our program.

"You can go further in life," Robert says of being able to read and write. When asked what he planned to do next, he was quick with his answer, "Practice law! …

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