Eevn esay tinhgs aer hrad wehn yuo cnat raed. We often take for granted our ability to read, but, according to recent studies, there are 32 million adults in the United States that are illiterate, with 3.8 million in Texas alone in need of services of an adult education program.
Longview is fortunate to have an adult education program in place. The East Texas Literacy Council (ETLC) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to changing lives through literacy. ETLC provides a variety of services to enable adult learners to achieve personal goals and self-sufficiency through literacy.
On Wednesday, June 11, the ETLC will host their annual fundraising event, BEE for Literacy, to be held at Pine Tree Junior High School, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Spelling bee teams, comprised of corporate, community, school, and church teams of three members each, will compete to earn the top honor of spelling champion. The “audience spell” gives those in the attendance a chance to show off their spelling skills as well.
Karen Peters, long-time ETLC board member and treasurer, is diligently working behind the scenes to help ensure another successful event. For 26years, the ETLC has worked to help adults of Gregg County improve their lives, the lives of their families, and community by improving their literacy skills. All proceeds raised during this annual, fun-filled event help to support the efforts of the Literacy Council.
In addition to her commitment to the ETLC, Mrs. Peters also volunteers her time at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas.
“When it is all said and done, I hope I have given more than I have gotten,” Mrs. Peters said.
Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, Mrs. Peters has lived in the East Texas area for 22 years. She earned her master’s degree in education from The University of Texas at Tyler and is now retired from teaching. Mrs. Peters serves in several professional organizations to include the Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association, the East Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education. She and her husband, Ron, have been married for 25 years and have four adult children, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are members of First Congregational Church.
When asked what she enjoys about living in the East Texas area and being a volunteer in the community, Mrs. Peters said, “This has become ‘home.’ We have a lot of friends and acquaintances. My parents were always volunteering when I was growing up. I guess it rubbed off.
For more information on the East Texas Literacy Council BEE for Literacy, please call 903-757-9302, or visit www.easttexasliteracycouncil.org.