Literacy Center thanks volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, with the motto of “celebrating people doing extraordinary things through service.”

Simpson County Literacy Center applauds the many volunteers who help us fulfill our mission – Lifting Up Lives Through Learning.

Our history is linked to volunteers. Over 25 years ago, Simpson County Literacy Council members formed an all volunteer literacy program based on the “each-one-teach-one” philosophy of adult literacy pioneer, Dr. Frank C. Laubach. While there have been many changes over the years, one thing has remained constant: one person teaching one person makes a difference for both.

Today, it is still largely due to volunteers sharing their time and talents that we are able to do the work we do: tailor learning plans for individuals who come to us to improve their basic reading and math skills, prepare for the GED exam, learn a second language, develop computer skills for work and personal use, and offer presentations on different topics of interest. We thank each and every one of them for the time they have given so freely to teach, keep the house in order, tutor short or long term, maintain the building…the list goes on.

Please join us in celebrating our volunteers - and all volunteers who work to make our community a better place for everyone.

Thank you!

Deb Thompson

Simpson County Literacy Center Director

Equal Pay Day recognizes income inequality

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, thousands of women from across the United States will join in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the New Year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

So, because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay. Equal Pay Day is not a day of celebration. Instead, on Equal Pay Day, women and men raise awareness about the income inequality in our country. We believe that pay equity is a crucial step in ensuring the economic security of families in Kentucky.

In Franklin we will join hundreds of other organizations across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. We have accepted Proclamations from Franklin Mayor Pro Tem Larry Dixon and Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson, acknowledging Tuesday, April 14, 2015 as Equal Pay Day in Franklin, Kentucky. The Proclamation will further encourage the business community to review their pay practices to ensure that women are not discriminated against in Franklin.

Alice Bailey

Franklin BPW

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