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Sertoma Club Funds Turning Pages SC’s Fight Against Low Literacy Rates in South Carolina

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(Columbia, SC) – Turning Pages SC, a pioneering adult literacy nonprofit, has been awarded $1,000 by the Columbia Sertoma Club, a distinguished local service organization.

Founded in 1950, the Columbia Sertoma Club is renowned for its commitment to community service and philanthropy. With a two-fold mission, the club raises funds for local nonprofits through special events, all while fostering civic engagement during its weekly meetings, where community leaders and special speakers from diverse backgrounds and industries share insights.

Joby Castine, President of the Columbia Sertoma Club, shared his thoughts on the partnership, saying, “The Columbia Sertoma Club is delighted to partner with Turning Pages in its worthy endeavor. Our motto is ‘Making Life Worthwhile’, which is what Turning Pages is doing for the persons it helps. We should all be grateful that Turning Pages exists and is motivated to improve the lives of families in our community; making it a better place in which to live.”

The $1,000 grant was awarded during a recent Sertoma gathering at the Capital City Club. Kaye Hunke, who attended on behalf of the volunteer tutors of Turning Pages SC, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “I am so thrilled to be in this program. I have such a love of reading and am thrilled to be able to help an adult advance their reading skills. The ability to read, go to a library and get a library card is so powerful. Just to be able to fill out an application and know what it says is so powerful. You can go places you may never get to travel to all by opening a book.”

“Adult illiteracy remains a critical issue in South Carolina where nearly a quarter of adults have trouble reading,” concluded Lisa Cole, Interim Executive Director of Turning Pages SC. “The Columbia Sertoma Club’s generosity will have a lasting impact on our efforts to provide adult literacy education here in the Midlands.”

This partnership signifies a significant step forward in Turning Pages SC’s ongoing mission to address adult illiteracy by providing essential skills that empower individuals to achieve their full potential. The organization is continuously seeking passionate individuals and groups who share their vision and are eager to make a difference in the lives of adults in Richland and Lexington Counties.

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