Please click on the links below to read success stories from literacy councils throughout the state. You will read inspirational stories of adults who courageously took the steps to improve their reading, speaking, grammar and English skills. These achievements have not only been rewarding to them and their families, but to the entire community. They now have the tools to become more active participants educationally and economically.
Learn more about our Student Stories and their personal successes:
Books From Dad
In December 2018, the Mississippi County Literacy Council conducted a Books From Dad program at Northeast Arkansas Community Corrections Center (NEACCC). Citizens, civic clubs, businesses, and religious groups from across the county (and even parts of Tennessee and Missouri) donated gently-used children's books, sponsorships, and their time so that NEACCC resident fathers could choose a book to send their child(ren) for Christmas. MCLC volunteers helped the residents learn to read their chosen books fluently, recorded the reading, helped residents write an inscription in the book, and mailed it all to the children. MCLC mailed books to over 200 children.
For many of the residents, this was the first book they'd read in years, perhaps the first book they'd ever read. Several spent many hours with a resident tutor learning the new vocabulary in their chosen book. While recording, most residents were so emotional over the opportunity to read to their child that they had to start over several times (and dry their tears). MCLC volunteers used the opportunity to talk about responsible parenting and the need to model good literacy habits for children. Of the residents who signed up for the program, MCLC recruited three to be new peer tutors and seven to be new learners.