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Roswell Altrusans celebrate World Literacy Day

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Altrusans deliver books to Missouri Avenue Elementary School in recognition of World Literacy Day. Pictured, left to right, are: Altrusans Rhonda Lujan and Mary Bellicini; Missouri Avenue Elementary School Secretary Carol Dolan; and Altrusans Mary Featherstone and Shelby Corn. (Submitted Photo)

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On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Altrusa International of Roswell, NM, Inc. celebrated World Literacy Day by donating 50 new books to its partner school, Missouri Avenue Elementary.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present difficulties for many across the community, Altrusans noted in a press release. The organization is determined to keep up efforts aimed at promoting literacy and providing access to reading materials.

Some facts shared by Altrusans:

• 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills;

• 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics;

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• During the initial phase of the pandemic, schools were closed, disrupting the education of 62.3% of the world’s student population of 1.09 billion.

Source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/literacy-day

Altrusans support a number of local resources in Chaves County including Missouri Avenue Elementary School, the Roswell Literacy Council and the Adult Education Department at ENMU-R; as well as helping to stock several Free Little Libraries in the area.

“If you or a family member is interested in resources these organizations provide or where the libraries are located, please reach out via our Facebook page (Altrusa International of Roswell, NM, Inc.) or our email at altrusaroswell47@gmail.com,” the press release states.

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