Portage County Literacy Council Update

“Words & Friends for Literacy” With a name like that, you can understand why the geeks at Worldbuilders were so happy to sponsor the Portage County Literacy Council’s annual  fundraising event. Especially since it added in the other thing we love, games – Scrabble, in this case.

A stick figure is reading a book sitting on a chairIn case you didn’t already know, the Portage County Literacy Council (PCLC) believes literacy is a right for all adults, as improving literacy helps people better understand information and make their own decisions abut their lives. It allows them to participate more fully in the community, whether that’s at work, with friends, in community groups, etc.

Making a Community Difference

PCLC serves adults (including immigrants, refugees, and people with learning differences or a lack of education) by providing them with the opportunity to study English, civics, reading, writing, and math in a personal manner that focuses on their goals. They also offer specialized curriculum for learners with dyslexia.

The Council serves approximately 50 learners per year. They offer small groups and train and support volunteer tutors who meet one-on-one with learners. PCLC typically provides all programming in person, but due to COVID, they have adapted to serve their learners online.

Gaming for Literacy

Words & Friends for Literacy is PCLC’s annual fundraising event where teams play collective Scrabble. Of course, this year, due to COVID-19, Words & Friends for Literacy was held ONLINE only, but that meant that teams of any size could play a variety of word games and raised funds for PCLC. Worldbuilders was happy to sponsor the event as a Triple Word Sponsor.

To learn more about PCLC, you can check out their website here, or their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts.

Photo provided by the Portage County Literacy Society Facebook page.