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Macomb Literacy Partners Calls 2012 Most Successful in 28-Year History

The local organization raised more than $200,000 in the last year and trained 97 new volunteer literacy tutors. MLP will hold an open house for the community on Oct. 18.

2012 was an uncommonly good year for Macomb Literacy Partners.

The Clinton Township-based organization has been helping Macomb County residents improve their reading and writing skills since 1984, and this year, saw record numbers in everything from the number of adult learners helped by tutors to annual fundraising.

"MLP has just completed the most successful 12-month period of its 28-year history," said Macomb Literacy Partners director Ken Lampar, in a prepared statement. "We raised over $200,000 for the first time ever."

In the past year, MLP has also trained 97 new volunteer tutors, using a revamped 12-hour curriculum designed to better prepare them to help adults learn to read.

"We also provided eight tutor enrichment sessions for current tutors to improve their lesson plans," said Lampar, in a prepared statement.

Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteer tutors, MLP has assessed and reassessed more adult learners needing basic literacy and English as a Second Language services since the organization was established.

"For those who have been so supportive with your time, money or promotion of our organization, I thank you," said Lampar, in a prepared statement.

In an effort to make 2013 even more successful, MLP is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 18, at the organization's offices at 16480 Hall Road in Clinton Township.

Community members are invited to see what MLP has accomplished this past year and to meet the organization's board of directors, director and staff members.

Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press columnist and honorary chair of Reading Works, will speak on the progress of Reading Works, an organization dedicated to raising the level of adult literacy in metro Detroit and promoting the idea that Reading Works in the family and in the workplace.

MLP is one of nine literacy organizations involved in Reading Works.

For more information on MLP, visit www.macombliteracy.org, email read@macombliteracy.org or call 586 286-2750.

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