Despite closing of Network, literacy lives on

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The Carolinas Literacy Network closed its doors on April 25.

For eight years, with the mission of giving people the skills to become life-long learners, CLN has provided training, equipment, materials, technical support, administrative support and marketing support to our member agencies, all with the goal of increasing literacy and engaging our community.

Carolinas Literacy Network began as the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative in 2006, created by the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

The purpose of the cooperative was to rally around independent organizations with literacy-driven missions and provide the additional resources and support they need to thrive.

In 2011, the organization transformed into Carolinas Literacy Network (CLN).

Together with Network partners and member agencies, we have been able to provide the following services to our local residents: GED preparation; family, health, workplace and citizen literacy; life skills training; English as a second language tutoring; on-the-job training and more.

We are sad to say goodbye to this community, but we know that the work of literacy will continue through our member agencies and partners, as well as local government.

The stories we have helped to create over the last eight years are not only moving, but inspirational.

We look forward to more stories of success and accomplishment as our members continue the work of literacy.

CLN has disbursed about $20,000 from its assets to help continue the literacy efforts and encourage life-long learning.

Beth Birt

Media consultant for the former Carolinas Literacy Network