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Book Fair Illiteracy Essay

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AbstractFunding a non-profit community book festival requires an approach that incorporates sound business reasoning as well as community involvement, sponsorship of local businesses, advertising, and a commitment to success from the group that is planning the festival. This group, Literacy for Kalamazoo, is committed to planning, advertising, and hosting the event, "Harvesting Readers." The research into fundraising, donations, planning, and a proposal to the city council are discussed.Book FestivalThe fitness craze is everywhere. We see it on the television, read about it innewspapers and magazines, and hear about it on the radio. From the current low carbohydrate/low fat diet fad to weight training and aerobic workouts, health consciousness is all around us. The trend in America seems to be to keep the body fit: but what about the brain? Exercise is tremendous for physical well-being, but equally as important is exercise for the mind.The Workforce Act of 1998 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and society" (National Institute for Literacy).According to the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) there are five stages of literacy. An adult is considered to be at stage one or level one is when they can read a little, but not enough to fill out an application, read labels, or even read a story to their children. Between 21 and 23 percent of the adult population (44 million people) are currently at this level. About 25 percent of this population is immigrants who may be learning English or may be unable to speak the English language at all. Sixty percent of the level one population has not completed high school, 30 percent are age 65 or older, and more than 45 percent have physical or mental disabilities (to include blindness) that have kept them from attending school or other learning activities that they so desperately need (National Institute for Literacy).Stage two or level two includes adults who can perform more complex tasks such as comparing, contrasting, or integrating pieces of information, but lack the higher reading levels and problem solving skills. Approximately 25 to 28 percent of the adult population (45 to 50 million people) is considered stage two illiterate. Adults considered to make up Stages three through five can usually perform the same tasks as adults at level two, but more advanced (National Institute for Literacy).In the state of Michigan, 18 percent of the total population is considered to be at level one for literacy and another 26 percent are considered to be at level two. When comparing three local areas, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Benton Harbor, the numbers are not too far from the national average, with the exception of Benton Harbor. Benton Harbor's literacy rate is high, with almost 57 percent of their population considered to be at a level one...

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