Literacy & Learning
The Literacy & Learning Center relies upon a committed community to help it deliver its vital services. For more information, call at (828) 526-0863.
The Literacy and Learning Center in Highlands is one of those places that makes you so happy you want to burst into song, so come on, join them and “celebrate good times, come on”: celebrate education, literacy and community spirit.
Since its inception in 1995 the Literacy and Learning Center (formerly the The Literacy Council) has been embraced and nurtured by our community. The care, love and support it has shown has enabled it to grow and flourish, providing literacy and education services to people of all ages.
Director Bonnie Potts says that it truly is a community effort, and they encourage the community to take advantage of their services. Countless people support it through volunteering or donations, and their contributions have allowed the Center to grow into a resource for people of all ages.
They are enthusiastically supported by other nonprofits and organizations within the community who bring their programs on site to make their children’s programs as hands on and fun as possible. The Bascom supports them with arts and crafts programs, the Land Trust and Biological Station offer hands-on opportunities to learn about science and our natural world.
Volunteers find they enrich their own lives while helping others reach their potential. The Reverend Kellan Day enjoys her time and says that, “I’ve deeply enjoyed my experience tutoring for the Literacy Council. Spending time with my student each week, working on improving his reading or helping him with his multiplication tables, has been joyful on a number of levels. I have seen him grow in confidence and be more comfortable reading at a higher level in English. I have witnessed his desire to learn expand and intensify. And we have laughed a lot along the way! The Literacy Council has created a program and community resource that prioritizes students and is highly rewarding for volunteers’”
As with most things in our post-Covid world, many of their classes and services have moved to an online format, but they are gradually moving back to on site programs with staggered schedules. For more information, give them a call at (828) 526-0863.