PHS in the Community

Literacy Council of Williamson County

Pinch Hitter Solutions is honored to support the Williamson County Literacy Council, with offices located in Franklin, TN.

Over 4,000 adults in Williamson County, Tennessee have less than a 9th grade education.  Many can barely read or cannot read at all.  There is a great need for teaching illiterate adults in our county and the Williamson County Literacy Council and it’s support partners strive to meet that need.  In addition, the Literacy Council provides books to the elderly, organizes book clubs and assigns volunteer readers to assisted living communities, and tutors jail inmates.

The Williamson County Sheriff submitted an article to the Tennessean lauding the success of the adult education classes held for jail inmates.  The Williamson County Literacy Council and their volunteers play a large part in this program.   The article is presented below. View the article in the Tennessean archive.

FRANKLIN (June 10, 2013) —” Four inmates at the Williamson County Detention Center earned their high school equivalency this month when they graduated with passing grades on their General Educational Development tests.

The four make a total of 19 successful GED tests for this school year, the largest number in a year since the program began at the jail, according to a press release from the Williamson County Sheriff Office.

Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long told the inmates to look at this achievement as a new beginning to get their lives together, get out of jail and continue their education. He urged them to always strive to be better and don’t accept the minimum.

Long started the adult education classes for inmates when he was elected in 2008. At least 85 inmates, ages 18 to 54, who have served time at the WCDC took classes while they were in jail in Williamson County and later passed their GED tests.

The Williamson County Literacy Council and Adult Education of Williamson County and their volunteers are partners with the WCSO in teaching classes for inmates in the jail during the normal school year.”

About the Williamson County Literacy Council

The Literacy Council of Williamson County was established in 1986. The program’s goals are to increase the functional literacy of our county, to help adults earn a GED and to help non-English speakers to improve their communication skills.

The Literacy Council has built a strong network of business leaders, professional teachers, and community volunteers. Together they help adult literacy students develop their reading, writing, and problem solving skills. Serving as a community resource, the Literacy Council provides teaching materials, access to computers and support to teachers, volunteers and students. The Literacy council arranges free tutoring for adults and sponsors group tutoring sessions in the workplace. These services encourage local employers to participate directly in improving the skills of their workforce.

Pinch Hitter Solution’s support of the Literacy Council includes developing and hosting their main website  at www.literacycouncilwc.org, their fundraising event websites for Author! Author! and Homes for the Holidays .   PHS also donates designer time and services along with generating printed materials for fundraising events.   Audio, video, photography production and post production work is another contribution that we enjoy making.  PHS also arranges for a technical expert to be present during events when needed.

PHS donates time and services to the Literacy Council in support of their much needed service to Williamson County residents.  We recommend watching Bobby’s story (http://authorauthoreventtn.org/blog); it is an example of the good work done by the Literacy Council.  The Literacy Council has only two paid employees, with volunteers manning most of the positions.

The Literacy Council of Williamson County is a non-profit organization and is funded by donations. If you would like to volunteer or make a monetary donation, click here.