Ending illiteracy in Pitt County

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An organization in Greenville strives to alter the illiteracy rate of adults in Pitt County.

“To see the faces.. to feel their enthusiasm.. to help them achieve what they want to achieve out of life.”

Alfonsa Merritt is just one of more than 50 volunteers who help hundreds of adults achieve a higher level of education in order to get better jobs.

“What we do is we work with adult learners, 18 years and above in education aspects as well as job aspects, said Brenda Steingerwald, Education Coordinator of Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County. “We do everything from teaching reading, to helping people find job skills.”

David Nguyen is a student at Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County.

“To finish the GED, and get some education; to get a job.” That’s Nguyen ultimate goal.

He receives free one-on-one tutoring to acquire the skills needed for a better job, something he says wouldn’t be possible without the facility.

The organization also offers free classes at Sherppard Memorial Library, as funding is provided by grants, donations, and companies.

The organization also plans to open a satellite campus at a Pitt County school to teach parents.

“It’s watching the non-reader become a reader; it’s watching young people become successful in getting their GED,” said Steingerwald.

“Work hard, be here, and we can work on it together,” said Merritt. “Have confidence in yourself that you can do it, and we will do it.”

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