Johnny's dad is one of the 27 million American adults who are functionally
illiterate, unable to read and write well enough to manage the tasks
of everyday life. Illiteracy is an unfortunate family tradition; parents who don't read don't
encourage their children to read. By helping people like Johnny's dad, we
can positively affect the present... and the future.
Q: How serious is the illiteracy problem in Pasco County?
A: More than 42,000 adults in Pasco County are functionally
illiterate. Four thousand of these adults lack basic literacy skills and
are unable to read road signs, food and medicine labels, the telephone
book and other basic sources of information. One in ten has to be given
the driver's license exam orally.
Q: Is someone doing something about illiteracy in Pasco County?
A: Yes, the Adult Literacy Program strives to help adult learners to read and/or improve their reading skills. We recruit and train volunteer literacy coaches and tutors to help adults improve their reading ability. We also promote public awareness of the literacy problem in Pasco County through civic and community groups.
Q: I know someone who needs help. What can I tell them?
A: You can tell them:
• They will learn to read
Q: I would like to help. What can I do?
• They will be able to help and read to their children
• The lessons are confidential and convenient
• Tutors and students are matched on a one-to-one basis.
A: You can volunteer as a tutor. The qualifications are:
• Belief that adults can learn
As a volunteer literacy coach/tutor, you will receive free training and materials, set your own schedule, and take pride in giving back to your community.
• The only degree that is needed is the degree of caring.
Q: Will my contribution make a difference?
A: Yes. Hundreds of people have become more
productive and gained invaluable self-esteem because they learned to read.
You will make a difference in the lives of others.
It is never too late to learn to read!
Volunteer tutors needed.
"If you can read,
you can help!"
If you know someone who needs help, or if you're interested in volunteering:
Adult Literacy Program
District School Board of
7825 Campus Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Page last updated August 21, 2016
This page originally created in 2000 for Pasco County School's RAP (Reading Assistance Program).
Click Here to contact the site admin for issues regarding this web page only. Call the phone number above for all inquiries regarding the literacy program.