IRMO, SC - Lexington-Richland School District Five celebrated National Adult Education and Family Literacy week earlier this month. South Carolina’s theme for these programs is “Moving Toward a Brighter Future, Through Literacy.”
A “Chat and Chew” session was held during the week for District Five family literacy students, which focused on students learning about the range of services accessible to them through the Parenting Services Office. Transition specialist with Adult Education Mary Hugee says this week is critical for their program. “We want our students to be the best parents they can be,” Hugee said. “We want to make all of our students and parents in Adult Ed aware of our programs because this can provide them the tools they need to help their families be successful in the future.”
One of the programs offered is “Ready by Five,” which provides education and support to families for their children before birth to kindergarten. This important program prepares parents to be their children’s best and most important teacher while equipping them for school entry and lifelong success.
“Our mantra is that we specialize in second chances,” English teacher Nelecia Williams said. “We are in a really unique place to be able to offer our students another opportunity. These students are hungry for education and they realize the value of it. It’s not just to get a degree. It’s a way for them to matriculate into life.”
The mission of the District Five Adult Education program is to inspire and facilitate learning, empowering participants to attain personal, academic and career goals. The program specializes in assessing student needs, creating comprehensive plans of study, and delivering individualized plans for each student. The program also assists students with transitions to initial employment, career changes, and post-secondary education and training. The District Five Adult Education program maintains partnerships with numerous community and service agencies to provide assistance to students in accessing other community and agency resources.
When asked about the importance of Adult Education and Family Literacy week, Director of Adult Education Dr. Kathie Greer said, “We believe and research confirms, that providing opportunities for families to enhance literacy skills in all life areas and engaging adults in “life” planning is effective in strengthening and empowering them to be better self-advocates, and more cohesive, economically viable, and stable. Family Literacy Week is a great way to raise awareness that we must support the healthy development of families to grow healthy communities.”