Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Can you read this? Evin Johnson Tanya McCurry and her 7-year-old son, Jason, of Boonvllle, read the bulletin board at the Mendocino County Library. But to many people, the notices are a Jumble of unrecognizable symbols. Today is International Literacy Day In 1966, UNESCO members proclaimed Sept. 8 International Literacy Day. Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors joined workers, schools and organizations worldwide and proclaimed today Literacy Day in Mendocino County. The proclamation recognizes the printed word as a "vital component in our daily lives." Supervisor Norman de Vail estimated nearly 7,000 citizens in the county may be "functionally illiterate." Many youth graduate from school without functional reading skills, according to Roberta Valdez, director of the Adult Literacy Program of the County Library. Valdez hopes that recognizing Literacy Day on a countywide level will highlight the existence of the literacy campaign both locally and nationwide. She said during the last program year, 162 adult students participated and volunteers gave 6,400 hours to the program teaching reading and writing skills to adult learners. The UNESCp ideal to eliminate illiteracy is not reachable without the concerted efforts of the public schools and the adult education program, Valdez said. For more information regarding the Adult Literacy Program, call the library in Ukiah, Willits or Fort Bragg, or call 463-4155.