Rotary Blue Ridge guest speakers of the week – Fannin Literacy Action Group

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Rotary of Blue Ridge recently met in the Chamber of Commerce’s meeting room with special guests Donna Earl and Teresa Ross from the Fannin Literacy Action Group (FLAG).

FLAG offers “To promote and foster increased education in Fannin County and contiguous areas primarily through volunteer teaching of and aid to:”

1- The illiterate and semi-literate. Reading, writing and mathematics skills are improved with the helpful guidance of FLAG staff.
2- Those persons for whom English is a second language (ESL). Dictionaries donated by Rotary Club of Blue Ridge have been especially helpful to these students learning the English language in order to effectively communicate.
3-Encourage individuals, groups and other organizations desiring to increase education through their own volunteer programs.
4- To acquire basic computer and Smartphone skills. This is geared toward older citizens who need to have a better understanding of technology surrounding their lives.
5- Help prepare teenagers/or older adults who may have dropped out of high school take and pass the GED exam. Ross pointed out the organization is also partnering with Fannin County Senior Center to help attain their GED or other literacy skills as well.

To date, FLAG’s accomplishments include:

1- 13 new graduates of the GED program.
2- Helping students complete college preparation courses in mathematics and writing skills.
3- Four students are currently enrolled at Georgia Tech after obtaining GED.
4- Assisting students find better employment after graduating from the Center.
5- Course Completion has helped graduates obtain higher pay. Some students who finished the required courses received advancements in their current employment.

FLAG Adult Education is located at 71 Overview Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 31503. Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Donna Earl at dearl@northga.tech.edu or Teresa Ross tross@northga.tech.edu.

Rotary Blue Ridge meets Tuesdays, 12 p.m. at 152 Orvin Lance Dr, Blue Ridge, GA. “Chamber parking is limited so please park in Town and Country’s parking lot closest to the Chamber and not in front of Town and Country’s front door.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

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