In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which begins Sept.13, Baltimore Reads has partnered with Enoch Pratt Free Library to offer classes at Pratt branches over the coming year.
“Taking Baltimore Reads’ portable classroom curriculum into libraries throughout our city has been a longtime goal of our board and staff,” said Shirley Bigley LaMotte, CEO of Baltimore Reads, a nonprofit that offers instruction to adults in basic reading, writing, mathematics and employment-readiness skills. “By partnering with the Pratt on this project, we are able to make a bigger impact on adult and family literacy in our region.”
In the next 12 months, the organization will offer free classes in literacy, civics, GED prep and English as a second language (ESL) at 10 Pratt branches: Southeast Anchor, Patterson Park, Cherry Hill, Edmondson Avenue, Herring Run, Northwood, Orleans Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Walbrook and Waverly. Classes are held generally for three hours each over a 10-12-week period. Prior to class, students participate in skills testing and assessment and attend an orientation.
Civics classes start Sept. 18, reading and GED classes Sept. 20 and ESL classes on Sept. 27.
The classes are the result of the Literacy Baltimore partnership between Baltimore Reads, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Dyslexia Tutoring Program that was launched earlier this year. In June, the group came together for the first time to host a conference to celebrate Literacy Day in Baltimore.
Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, said she expects the program to have a far-reaching impact. “The impact of Baltimore Reads’ portable classrooms on the community will be immeasurable,” she said in a statement. “This program helps strengthen the Pratt’s mission of lifelong learning and our commitment in assisting students citywide academically and socially.”