Help us Fund Adult Literacy

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Joplin NALA Read

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$10.00 Level

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Your gift of $10 or more will make an impact. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal.

$25.00 Level

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Your donation of $25 will provide books for 5 families in our Family Literacy Program!

$50.00 Level

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Your generous donation puts us $50 provides books for 10 families in our Family Literacy Program!

$100.00 Level

3 Supporters

Your generous donation puts us $100 provides everything needed for an adult student to achieve a 6th grade reading level!

Project Overview

For most of us, we might begin our day by reading the paper or checking our email; maybe we get online to see what is going on in the lives of those around us. Imagine not having that ability. Imagine the despair you would feel trying to fill out a job application you didn’t understand. Here at Joplin NALA Read, we strive to provide resources to the community so we can reach our ultimate goal: closing the book on illiteracy.

Joplin NALA Read offers literacy classes to adults confidentially and free of charge in a variety of subjects: reading, writing, math, English as a second language and citizenship testing.


Family Literacy Program

There are many factors that can affect a person’s level of literacy. If a parent or caregiver is not able to read at home or help with homework, the chances of continuing the cycle of low-literacy are higher. To combat this, we offer a Family Literacy Program that encourages caregivers to read to their children. Because of generous donors like you, we are able to continue providing books to families in this program and end the cycle of low-literacy levels.



Adult Learners

The average cost per student hour at NALA is $12.63. This means that just $100 is enough to provide an adult student the resources needed to reach a 6th grade reading level. Our generous and talented tutors work one-on-one with our students to help them reach their full potential. Last program year, we offered students 5,912 tutor hours. With your help, we can succeed in closing the book on illiteracy!


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About Joplin NALA Read

Today’s children are our nation’s hope for building a strong future. But many children in our community live in educationally and economically disadvantaged homes. They often enter school two or more years behind their peers and are more likely to drop out of school. These children miss out on high-quality early learning experiences. The cycle of low-literacy continues.

In Missouri 77% of lower-income students read below proficient levels compared to 51% of higher-income students. Children who have parents and caregivers who read to them enjoy a substantial advantage in school over children who are not read to. If a child’s mother or father struggles with reading and writing, the child’s own path to literacy is all the more challenging. The cycle of low-literacy continues.

In Jasper County alone, from 2009 to 2013 the number of families with children reported by school districts as having limited English language skills has more than doubled. But dual-language learners are one of the few groups for whom reading proficiency rates did not improve over the past ten years. The cycle of low literacy continues. 

In the Joplin community, this translates over 12,000 adults who lack essential literacy skills. Moms and Dads who struggle to make ends meet because they lack basic education. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are unable to read to their children, provide their children with early learning experiences, or even read a note from their child's school.

Joplin NALA Read’s Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, and Family Literacy program fosters and strengthens essential literacy skills enabling learners to reach their full potential. As learners increase their essential skills they become more involved in their child's education and transmit the value of literacy to their children. Now we can close the book on illiteracy.

Joplin NALA Read

Joplin, MO