At the time “Nora” requested a tutor she could read at only about the 4th grade level, probably because of a hearing problem that had caused her to miss many sounds as a child. With Carol’s help, Nora learned to read fluently and boosted her ability by constantly reading on her own. During her time with the Literacy Council, Nora was the student support group leader and the student representative on the Board of Directors, attended regional and national literacy conferences, and represented Frederick County adult learners at a visit to the White House. She remains an advocate for literacy and makes sure her grandchildren are able readers. Nora says that gaining self-respect has been one of the greatest benefits of learning to read.
Becoming an Avid Reader