More than 21 million Americans can't read at all, and 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their diplomas (Department of Justice, 2010).
Reading Horizons, a reading software publisher, launched Lemons for Literacy game on its website http://www.readinghorizons.com/lemonsforliteracy/lemons.html
in February 2009 to help combat illiteracy. So far, almost 400,000 ounces of virtual lemonade has been squeezed – that’s 12,500 gallons of juice – resulting in more than $20,000 in reading help.
Recently The Literacy Center of Coconino County located in Arizona completed the game and was awarded more than $5000 in reading software and direct instruction materials by participating in the vocabulary game. Center directors Caryn Davis and Anne Beck, placed a direct link to the game on the each of their tutoring lab computers. Students, staff, volunteers, and friends of the center were encouraged to play the vocabulary game by filling glasses with lemonade. Once all the glasses are filled, the school gets free online reading helps and materials.
The Literacy Center of Coconino County serves students from all walks of life, many under the federal poverty level. The English speaking population (Basic Literacy Learners) with reading levels ranging from 1st to 6th grade levels come in to learn how to fill out job applications, read menus, improve employment skills, obtain jobs, read to their children, help with children’s homework, use the library, and use a computer.
“We have already seen a difference in how our learners are progressing through the program and the new version is great! It also helps our volunteers to feel as if they can guide a learner through the program, even without have previous teaching or tutoring experience.” Caryn Davis
About Reading Horizons
The Reading Horizons program is based on the Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself method. This method uses multi-sensory, Orton Gillingham principles of instruction and appeals to students’ individual learning styles—visual, auditory, tactile, or kinesthetic. Reading Horizons software programs, along with their corresponding direct-instruction materials, have taught reading strategies to hundreds of thousands of adults, youth, and children. For over 26 years, Reading Horizons has proven to be - The Foundation for Reading English!
About The Literacy Center of Coconino County
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County is to increase the basic English language and literacy skills of teens and adults in order to improve the quality of personal, economic and community life for all. Our services are delivered by professionally trained volunteers in the community and at our facility, The Literacy Center. We strive to be a resource for the study of adolescent and adult literacy learning.