One-on-One Tutoring for Adults

& The goal of this program is to help adults improve their literacy skills.

& One-on-One Tutoring for Adults provides the additional help adults may require in order to achieve their educational goals. 

& Tutors and materials are provided at no cost for adults who are

& learning to read,

& earning a High School Equivalency Diploma, or

& learning English as a second language (ESL).  

& KLS works in cooperation with Warsaw Adult Education, located at the Gateway Education Center, to provide this service.  

& Off-site tutoring in county libraries may be arranged if a learner has transportation problems.  

Workplace Literacy Classes

& In partnership with area companies, KLS can provide on-site instruction to employees who want to learn English as a second language, as well as workers who want to improve their grammar and writing skills. 

& Tutors can be provided for classes or one-on-one instruction. 

& Businesses are requested to compensate the instructor.

Jail High School Equivalency Diploma Classes

& In partnership the Kosciusko County Jail, Kosciusko County and KLS work together to provide Jail High School Equivalency Diploma Preparation Classes.

& Kosciusko Literacy Services also provides literacy materials and volunteer tutors.

& Funding from the United Way of Kosciusko County and Kosciusko County supports the High School Equivalency Diploma program.

Read to Grow Children's Book Club

& The goal of Read to Grow Children's Book Club is to have children enter kindergarten with the necessary pre-literacy skills and brain development.

& Read to Grow Children's Book Club provides one free book a month to children, from birth to age five, who are living at or below the 150% of the poverty level. 

& Parents are encouraged to read regularly to their child.  Regular reading to children promotes proper brain development during the prime time for learning literacy skills, the first five years of life. 

& KLS works with other agencies to operate this program including:  Parents as Teachers, Head Start, Early Head Start and other United Way Agencies. 

& KLS is also targeting the townships that do not have free access to public libraries.

Reading Won’t Wait

& The goal of Reading Won’t Wait is to provide children’s books in places where parents have time to read to their child.

& Reading Won’t Wait places good, used children’s books in waiting rooms, public laundries, and common areas of housing communities.

& Reading to children has lifelong benefits.

Dr. Seuss Reading Celebration

& To encourage reading for pleasure among Wawasee elementary students, guest readers present each classroom’s library with at least six books and read a favorite story to the children. 

& This program has

& placed thousands of books in school classrooms,

& provided rewards to children who achieved their individual reading goals,

& involved community leaders as readers to reinforce positive self-images to elementary readers. 

Baby’s First Book

& The goal of Baby’s First Book is to emphasize the value of reading to children during the first five years of life. 

& In conjunction with the Warsaw Community Public Library, this program provides an ABC board book along with early childhood literacy information and local library information to families of each child born at Kosciusko Community Hospital. 

Plant the Seed—Read! Community Book Read

& The goals of the community book read are

& to promote a sense of community,

& to illustrate many of the 40 Developmental Assets,

& to promote reading for pleasure,

& to promote a love of literature,

& to increase literacy awareness in the county, and

& to promote life-long learning. 

& Books are placed in bright yellow bins throughout the county, with signs inviting community members to join the community book read, share the book with a friend, and return the book to the bin so that someone else may read it. 

& Readers are encouraged to join scheduled book read activities and discuss the book and the 40 Developmental Assets, as defined by the Search Institute, in formal and informal settings. 

Warsaw Rotary

The TCU Foundation recently awarded Kosciusko Literacy Services $2,500 to support the Endowment Challenge 50, a 50th anniversary celebration of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation providing matching dollars to build youth-serving nonprofit agency endowments.  Karen Mayer, Manager at Teachers Credit Union in Warsaw, presented Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Executive Director Cindy Cates with the grant.  Kosciusko Literacy Services is honored to receive the support of the TCU Foundation. 
The TCU Foundation was established to support the Credit Union Vision of being a positive force in the communities served by TCU.  The mission of the TCU Foundation is “To promote financial literacy/empowerment, education and other opportunities and causes supported by the membership, which directly benefit the communities in which TCU operates.”  The TCU Foundation fulfills the mission by promoting the Credit Union Philosophy of “People Helping People,” advancing financial literacy and empowerment, connecting people with resources for education, employment, character building advancement, and building stronger communities.

The contributions of the TCU Foundation and other donors will forever help to place children’s books into the homes of low-income families.  Children enrolled in the Read to Grow Children's Book Club receive one book a month from birth to age five.  By placing the books in the home, KLS addresses one of the main reasons children have low skills when entering school—the lack of reading material in the home.  The parents sign an agreement to read regularly to their child.  Reading to children at an early age helps the child to develop language and reading skills and increases the child’s ability to succeed in school.  In the long-term, this program will help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

Read to Grow Children's Book Club has helped children from low-income homes enter kindergarten on par with their peers and continue their academic success.  The children enter kindergarten with pre-literacy skills necessary to continue learning.  The pre-literacy skills are vocabulary, print motivation (the enjoyment of books), phonological awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and print awareness.  The early development of these skills is necessary for future success in school.  In the fall of 2018, over 49% of the Read to Grow Children's Book Club graduates made the honor roll in elementary school.  The support of the TCU Foundation helps to ensure the success of children in Kosciusko County.