Luncheon raises awareness of illiteracy among Kansas City adults

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mayor Sly James fired up a luncheon crowd at the Sheraton Crown Center Thursday afternoon by speaking on the importance of literacy. James was the keynote speaker at the "Literacy for All" luncheon benefiting Literacy Kansas City.

Since assuming the city's top office in 2011, Mayor James has made literacy one of his top priorities by launching the project "Turn the Page KC."

Some 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area are functionally illiterate. That means they read at or below the sixth-grade level. Literacy Kansas City matches students with tutors. Following a two-year commitment, the end result is often transformational in the lives of these students.

Former student Christina Jones shared her success story with the crowd. The mother and grandmother completed the literacy program and last fall went on to get her GED. Today she is enrolled in Penn Valley Community College.

For more information on becoming a student, a tutor or a volunteer with Literacy Kansas City, visit their website:

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