TITLE

Arkansas launches plan to combat adult illiteracy

PUB. DATE
April 1990
SOURCE
Reading Today;Apr/May90, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on the plan launched by the Governor's Commission on Adult Literacy in Arkansas in cooperation with local businesses as of April 2004. In February, Governor Bill Clinton announced the initiation of one phase of the campaign, a first-of-its-kind telephone referral program called Dial 0 for Literacy. The program--a joint effort of the commission and participating telephone companies Southwestern Bell, AT&T, GTE, Contel, Alltel, E. Ritter, and Century--is designed to increase literacy program enrollment and volunteer support in Arkansas. Arkansans who want to enroll in a literacy enhancement program or volunteer to become a tutor can now simply dial 0 and an operator will handle their request. Operators will take down the appropriate information and see that it is forwarded to the literacy provider nearest to the caller. The provider will then contact the caller to offer assistance. In another commission-sponsored event, four Arkansas commercial television stations and the Arkansas Educational Television Network joined forces in March to produce what is believed to be the first statewide simultaneous broadcast of a literacy telethon. The primary purpose of the telethon was to recruit potential students and tutors.
ACCESSION #
9005280979

 

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