MEADVILLE – Teaching someone to read can be compared to the old saying about teaching a man to fish. It opens up doors for a lifetime. And teaching adults who have slipped through the cracks basic reading and math skills is a specialty of the Crawford County READ program.
Executive Director Dr. Armendia Dixon welcomed the public to a Monday morning open house at the Read program’s new headquarters at East End School in Meadville. Over the summer, the program relocated its offices there from the Stone Methodist Church. Another location is maintained in Titusville.
During Monday’s presentation, we heard success stories from locals who went through the program. Aaron Hirschberger is the owner of the Downtown Grocery in Meadville and is pursuing a nursing degree at Edinboro. The 29-year-old Hirschberger, who previously had only an 8th grade education, attributes much of his success to his decision to pursue a GED through the READ program.
"It was very encouraging. They really helped me to see that I can accomplish my goals. They were always energetic and smiling like everything is possible when you walked through the Crawford County READ doors."
Last year, the READ program had 296 students. You can learn more at www.crawfordcountyreadprogram.net.