Vashti Dayaljee wrote -
Our goal as a team is not about raising funds alone but about educating and creating awareness of the MN Literacy Council.
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.”
- Katherine Patterson
About the Minnesota Literacy Council
The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) is a nonprofit, statewide organization that provides literacy services to adults, children, volunteers and community programs around Minnesota.
In 1972 MLC offered its first volunteer tutor workshops. Today we've become one of the nation's largest literacy organization, offering a full range of services that help children and adults acquire the literacy skills they need to become successful students, workers, family members, and community citizens:
- Teaching basic reading and math skills to adults.
- Conducting English language classes for immigrants and refugees.
- Offering citizenship and GED preparation classes.
- Referringthousands of adult learners to literacy programs in their local communities.
- Providing in-home literacy services to disadvantaged children and their parents.
- Training preschool teachers in early-literacy development and assessment techniques.
- Managing volunteers in summer literacy programs for at-risk children.
- Training hundreds of volunteer tutors each year.
- Giving technical and management support to more than 100 local literacy programs in Minnesota.
Thousands of students benefit from these services every year. But so do many others: volunteers, employers, co-workers, neighbors, and community leaders. When students gain the tools that allow them to build fuller lives, all Minnesotans reap the benefits.