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Project READ
Decatur Public Library, 2nd Floor
130 N. Franklin Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 423-7323

projectread@richland.edu

Hours:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to Project READ!

Our Mission: To help adults improve their reading and math skills through individualized tutoring.

Our Services: We offer free, one-on-one tutoring in reading and math to adults age 17 and older who are not currently enrolled in high school.

More than 14,000 adults in Macon County have not earned a high school diploma or a GED. Of these, 3,600 have less than a ninth-grade education.

Source: Department of Economics and Finance, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (2011).

The adults who come to Project READ want to change their lives. In order to transition into new programs and positions, they first must improve their literacy skills. Our students’ goals often include the following:

  • getting a GED
  • enrolling in a vocational training program
  • taking college classes
  • getting a job (or a better job)
  • reading to their children
  • helping their children succeed in school

Above all, these motivated adults want to expand their opportunities, provide for their families, and contribute to the community in new and meaningful ways. Through our free, one-on-one tutoring, we provide the tools our students need to gain independence and reach their goals.

This website provides an overview of Project READ’s opportunities for students, volunteers, and donors. For more information, call the Project READ office at (217) 423-7323 or e-mail projectread@richland.edu.