The Literacy Center Named Best Practice Honoree in 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards
The Literacy Center of Attleboro has been honored by the Library of Congress as a Best Practice Honoree of the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. “The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honor organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work. Collectively, all of these awards spotlight the great efforts underway to promote literacy and respond to the needs of our time,” states the official press release from the Library of Congress.
This is the first time The Literacy Center has received recognition at a national level. “We are tremendously excited to receive this award,” stated Amanda Blount, The Literacy Center’s Executive Director. “Our team works tirelessly to provide educational opportunities to some of the most disadvantaged individuals in our region. It is a great honor to be recognized by the Library of Congress alongside some of the most notable literacy organizations in the world.”
Award winners will be honored by the Library of Congress at various upcoming events, including the National Book Festival, and will be invited to participate in a Best Practices Conference where they will learn from their peers in the field. In addition, the Honoree award comes with a $5,000 cash prize.
The Literacy Center is a nonprofit organization in downtown Attleboro whose mission is to enhance lives and promote self-sufficiency through quality adult education services. They are the largest provider of adult basic education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the greater Attleboro area and provide services to some of our region’s most vulnerable individuals. During the COVID pandemic, The Literacy Center quickly pivoted to provide all classes and support services online. In addition, the organization fundraised to provide over $100,000 rental and bill-pay assistance to families in crisis. The Literacy Center also purchased and delivered tablets and laptops to allow their students without technology access to continue learning from home.
Ms. Blount shared that, while the past six months have been challenging, “The Literacy Center is committed to doing everything possible to provide access to education and supportive services to our community’s adult learners, no matter what may lie ahead.”
Each year, The Literacy Center serves more than 600 adults from over 50 countries. For more information about classes, or to find out how you can get involved, please visit their website at: www.theliteracycenter.com