Family Literacy Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Erik Carey, winner of the annual Carol Morris Family Literacy Scholarship! The $1000 scholarship is awarded to an adult learner in the Families Learning Together program and is announced during the GED graduation ceremony at College of Lake County. The scholarship covers tuition and other school-related expenses to attend CLC.

Families Learning Together offers adults the opportunity to learn while becoming their children’s first teacher:

  • Three different types of classes are offered for adult learners: literacy level classes help parents improve their reading, writing and math; ESL family literacy classes help parents learn to speak and read in English; and GED level family literacy classes prepare parents to earn their GED.
  • While parents attend class, their children, ages 0-6 years, learn through stories, music and activities in the classroom next door.
  • Classes meet at Waukegan Public Library, Zion-Benton Public Library, North Chicago Public Library and Round Lake Area Public Library.
  • All of the programs include five family literacy components: adult education, library services/computers, parenting, children’s education, and Parents and Child Together (PACT).
  • The classes are presented by Waukegan Public Library in partnership with the College of Lake County and Literacy Volunteers of Lake County.

Photo of Erik Carey, Carol Morris Family Literacy Scholarship winnerErik Carey started attending the classes with his nine-month-old son Ezra at Zion-Benton Public Library in January. Through the classes, Carey wanted to learn how to teach his son to read and be successful in school, and Erik also wanted to obtain his GED. “I had started classes several times, but never finished the process,” said Carey. “It was this last December that my father-in-law told me that the Zion Library was holding GED classes, hosted by the Family Literacy program. With their help, I have finally finished! Now the future does not seem so bleak and I feel that I can take on the world. However, it does not stop there. I want to be a good example to my son and go to college.”

The next Families Learning Together session begins in August. If you know or are tutoring a student with young children, let us know if you’d like more information about this terrific program! Please contact Josh Anderson, janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info or Gale Graves, Family Literacy Coordinator, ggraves [at] waukeganpl [dot] info, 847-623-2041 x223.


Photo courtesy of College of Lake County

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