We’re back with another episode of Healthy Cleveland. In this week’s episode, our host Leah Haslage sat down with Bonnie Entler, Executive Director for Seeds of Literacy, and Marie Rodriguez a graduate of Seeds of Literacy from 2012.
Seeds of Literacy is a non-profit that works to provide free basic education to adults in the Cleveland area. As it stands, about 66% of Cleveland adults are functionally illiterate. Functional illiteracy differs from traditional illiteracy in that it doesn’t involve the inability to read or write, but the inability to understand various important life instructions, like bus schedules, job applications, or medical instructions.
What makes Seeds of Literacy different from more traditional education experiences offered at other schools is the option for students to attend at their own discretion. For many, the option of going back to school, even part time, is too time consuming of an undertaking. In addition, some students of Seeds of Literacy have not had any kind of schooling in decades, meaning that even basic college curriculum might be above their ability. Seeds of Literacy aims to close this gap by having students work towards their GED, TASC, or HiSET. That being said, classes are still available even if you have a high school diploma or an equivalent.
To learn more about Seeds or Literacy, you can go to their website, https://www.seedsofliteracy.org/