Why Literacy

Literacy Facts

U.S. Literacy

These graphics are from proliteracy.org. See their site to learn more about the literacy crisis in the U.S.



Buncombe County Facts

  • 1 in 10 adults in Buncombe County cannot read at a basic level, according to a U.S. Department of Education literacy study (2003).
  • Approximately 8% of county residents do not speak English at home.
  • 12% of Buncombe County residents lack a high school diploma.
  • 24% of Buncombe County children live in poverty.
importance of literacy


Mason, an Adult Ed student, increased his reading skills by an astonishing 2 grade levels in 7 months of working with his Literacy Council tutor, Mary.


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