KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- This number may surprise you. 25-thousand Kalamazoo County adults can’t read well enough to decipher a menu, take directions from road signs or read a bedtime story to their child.
That’s more than one in ten members of the adult population.
That’s why there was a celebration last night when Kalamazoo opened its tenth adult literacy learning center at the First Presbyterian Church next to City Hall.
Mayor Bobby Hopewell was there. He says education helped him overcome a stutter and a fear of public speaking.
He says everyone deserves the help they need and Kalamazoo can now offer.
Literacy Council Director Michael Evans says if Kalamazoo hopes to be the "Education Community", it has to address the issue, and that’s why it’s aggressively setting up learning centers and recruiting non-readers who want to learn to read.
He says if they hope to take full advantage of the Promise, they need parents who can help their children with homework.
Its being funded by grants and the City of Kalamazoo is kicking in funds as well.
Evans says its free, its confidential and it will change your life.