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Leaders helping people read and write

June 30, 2004

Camilla - You may take reading for granted, but illiteracy is a major problem in rural Georgia.

To change that, southwest Georgia will be the first area in the state to take on literacy as a regional effort.

Fourteen counties are signed up to start the Certified Literate Community Program (CPLC).

Over a 10 year period, literacy teams will focus on people of all ages who can't read and write. Barbara Reddick with the Regional Development Center says, "It means economic development, I think it means tourism, I think it means better jobs, I think it means better housing, I think it means better families. I think it means better communities. Do you need me to go on?"

CLCP is a team effort between business, education and government agencies.

On Wednesday, leaders celebrated the program at the Camilla Depot.

posted at 6:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com