GLAD Celebrates 25 Years of ServiceBy Valinda C. Smith, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator
The Grenada League for Adult Development (GLAD) has served as the adult literacy council for Grenada County since 1986. The GLAD organization recently celebrated this accomplishment with a 25th Anniversary Luncheon held at the Grenada Adult Education Center. This literacy council is the umbrella under which Grenada community agencies and businesses work together to address local adult literacy and adult education needs, avoiding duplication of effort.
GLAD began when former Library Director Maryhardy McElwain, former Vocational School Director Don Connerley, and key community leaders (Trish Hightower, Kay Townes, the late Mayor L.D.Boone, and others) began the organizational work resulting in the creation of GLAD. Bylaws were drawn up and a board of directors was established. GLAD is a 501©(3) non-profit organization and is registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office as an exempt organization. Over the years, GLAD has received a variety of grants, a myriad of local donations, and has functioned in a variety of locations before settling into its current location at the old “Lizzie Horn School” designated as the Grenada Education Center.
GLAD trains volunteer tutors to work with local adult learners. Donations to GLAD are used to provide tutor training materials, needed resources, meet special needs, and provide study materials for students. Adult learners in our literacy program are paired with tutors on a one-to-one basis or work in a small group in a classroom setting as appropriate for their skill levels. One room at the Adult Education Center is set aside for one-to-one tutoring, another for small group instruction, and a computer-assisted education lab is shared with the Grenada Adult Basic Education Program.
In addition to low-level adult literacy training, the collaboration that comprises the Grenada Adult Education Center offers ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring, family literacy projects, GED® testing, and sometimes computer literacy training. The GLAD Board also serves as the advisory board for the Grenada School District’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program. Congratulations and “Thank you!” to GLAD for twenty-five years of service to Grenada!