Illiteracy a problem at all levels – Mayor also discusses flood, trails

May 9, 2017

“When you talk about economic development it all starts with education and literacy,” Elumbaugh said. “It’s crucial to any of our industries around here and so I’m excited to have Elizabeth Taylor to come and speak.”

Taylor grew up in Mountain View, but has been part of the Batesville community for seven years. She teaches world history at Batesville High School. She has worked with the OFLP for the last five years, where she not only serves as a tutor, but also the president.

“I am passionate about education,” Taylor said. “Hopefully tonight if someone mentions (the OFLP), you’ll be able to tell them what our services are and why we exist in this community.”

Taylor said there is a large portion of the Batesville community that doesn’t speak English as a first language. The project does tutoring for adults who do not speak English as well as adults who are illiterate.

She said the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project got its start as Ozark Literacy Council and was founded by the Jubilee Family Church in 2007 and served three students that year. By 2015, they had served more than 100.

“It’s continuing to grow now as people in the community know our service and can refer people to us,” Taylor said, noting there are still some who don’t know the organization exists.

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