Savannah Tech to host book drive to promote Literacy Day in Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College is celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in Georgia by hosting a book drive at all campuses, the Ft. Stewart Army Education Center and the St. Mary’s GED-prep location for “Keeping Alivea’s Dream Alive” September 8 – 28. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed Sept. 2-8 Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and Sept. 8, as Literacy Day in Georgia.

Alivea Cox, 14, passed away in June 2018 from anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare form cancer, just hours after being diagnosed. STC Adult Education instructor Beth Odom is a family friend and is one of the organizers of the “Keeping Alivea’s Dream Alive” book drive. Collected books will be distributed to grades K-12.

Approximately 32 million Americans cannot read or write. In Georgia, roughly 1.1 million individuals over the age of 18 have not completed high school or received a GED. Literacy rates are typically the lowest in economically disadvantaged communities. Low literacy rates often correlate with high unemployment rates, high crime rates and welfare dependency.

Parents who cannot read or write perpetuate intergenerational cycles of illiteracy, as they are unable to help their children learn daily tasks such as how to read medicine bottles, navigate public transportation, practice comparative shopping, make correct change, or complete homework for school.

Low literacy rates among adults may also be countered through greater support for literacy programs through public libraries and by strengthening workplace, school and volunteer literacy programs on the local, state, and national levels.

Savannah Tech’s Adult Education Program serves those who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED® test to attain a high school equivalency degree, and prepare for college. Instructors also help students with science and social studies test preparation for GED® testing. STC teaches adult education classes in the morning, afternoon, evening and online. They are offered in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties with multiple locations in each community. Adult education classes for GED®-prep are currently free for all U.S. citizens. To register for free GED® classes, call 912.443.5446 or visit For GED® testing information, go to to sign up to take test or go to to learn more about our testing locations.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry. For graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., visit

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.


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