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A program that provides free and confidential tutoring to Burke County citizens who want to learn to read or to improve their literacy skills. The Literacy Council recruits and trains volunteer tutors and provides both books and a place to study.

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Helping non-English speaking students learn to read, write, and speak English. Through a collaborative effort between Burke County Literacy Council, Burke County Smart Start, Burke County United Way and Greenway, new residents are able to attend weekly tutoring sessions in a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment. Trained community volunteers provide one-to-one or small group instruction to students.

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Making early literacy part of pediatric primary care. The Literacy Council provides children’s books to participating pediatricians who give a new, developmentally appropriate, book to each child age six months to five years at his/her well check visits. Through ROR, every child starts school with a home library of at least eight children’s books and parents understand that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children learn to love books. 



Mother/Fatheread combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues. The approach teaches the "why" of reading as well as the "how" and uses books to strengthen the bonds between parent and child. Class sites include Steps Academy (BCPS), Burke/Catawba Jail (Motheread only), Burke County Public Library, Project FLOWER and Western Piedmont Community College. 

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