Friday, February 8, 2013

RSC to Host Adult Literacy Event

Adult learners from across the state will showcase their excitement for learning Monday, Feb. 11 from 10:30-Noon at an awards celebration for the I’m in Love with Learning competition. The event is held in conjunction with the ninth annual Arizona Adult Literacy Week, Feb. 10-16, which celebrates adult literacy and lifelong learning in Arizona communities.

Nearly 400 entries from more than 1,000 participants will be on display at the Rio Salado College Conference Center, 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, Ariz. Entries include paintings, Learning Trees, posters, essays, jewelry, songs, a dance, a bookmark, a 3D traffic game and more. The following awards will be presented that morning; Award of Excellence, Distinguished Merit, Partner Awards and Honorable Mentions.

Sponsors of the event are The Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning, Rio Salado College and The Arizona Department of Education.

Facts about adult education:

In the 25 adult learning programs across Arizona, nearly 18,000 students take classes to prepare for a GED, improve their English skills and get ready for college.

More than 825,000 adults in Arizona don’t have a GED.

Those who have a GED earn $8,500 more than those who do not.

The benefits of adult education include stronger families, lower crime rates, higher standard of living, safer neighborhoods, and a positive economic impact for local communities.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event. Here's a fun video of the I Love My English Class dance performance.