Celebrating Freedom of Information Day
Posted by Lara Pimentel on March 16, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

Freedom of Information Day

Today, in honor of Freedom of Information Day, which was created to recognize individuals and groups that have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know, we want to take a moment to recognize how ProLiteracy and our partners are working to make sure that information is accessible to everyone, including adult learners.

Thirty-six million Americans – 1 out of 6 – read at or below a third grade level and have a hard time operating in society. To help these individuals improve their literacy and English language skills, we have programs around the country working every day to provide the instruction, support, and resources adult learners need to unlock their potential and fully engage with the world around them. 

News for You, ProLiteracy’s weekly newspaper, adapts articles from the Associated Press and The Washington Post to a third to sixth-grade reading level. This gives thousands of adult learners access to timely news that they can read, comprehend, and discuss. 

A recent partnership with The Washington Post resulted in a significant donation that will deliver News for You to classrooms across the country, providing more than 400 learners with news they can use to improve their literacy and language skills and become more informed on issues of the day. 

As we approach the 25th Anniversary of ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund®, a program that grants educational materials to under-resourced literacy programs, we are grateful for partners like The Washington Post, who are working with us to advance literacy and provide access to information for all. 


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