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"Literacy And Sustainability"­

St. Louis Green Drinks
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Schlafly’s Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, Missouri
$3.00 donation appreciated

“Literacy and Sustainability”

• In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child.
• In Missouri, approximately 59% of 3rd-graders do not read on grade level; in St. Louis Public Schools, it’s about 75%.
• In St. Louis County, 1 out of 6 adults is low literate; in St. Louis City, 1 out of 3.
• Newspapers used to be written for an 8th-grade reading level; now it’s only 6th-grade.

Literacy skills and access to information are vital to sustainability. The ability to read and write is the basis for all other education. Literacy is necessary for understanding information out of context, whether written or verbal. It’s essential for things like eradicating poverty, achieving gender equality, and sustainable development. Without literacy skills and access to information, people might unintentionally pollute air, land, or water; not properly use pesticides or medications; have difficulty securing employment, particularly livable wage jobs; have difficulty starting up their own business, etc. They could be missing out on the variety of books, magazines, articles, instructions, computer applications, etc. available to help them live more sustainably.

In the St. Louis Metro Area, there are many entities working to address literacy issues and offer information. These include not-for-profit organizations tutoring children and adults with low literacy skills; institutions, like public libraries, sharing and loaning materials; and locally- and independently-owned businesses selling new and used materials spanning the diversity of topics within sustainability. To learn about just some of the efforts in our Metro Area:


• Ms. Barbara Brain, Assistant Director-Adult & Support Services, St. Louis County Library
• Ms. Kris Kleindienst, Owner, Left Bank Books
• Ms. Megan Buccheit, Volunteer Coordinator, YMCA Community Literacy

Whatever work you do or topic you’re interested in within sustainability, you need people to read about and understand it. For you, and your families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and employees, come and learn about resources available or ways you could support literacy.

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