TURNER — SAD 52 Adult Education celebrated National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week by awarding students free books to share with their family and friends.

The week in September was an opportunity for adult education programs to educate communities about programs and support systems for the 36 million adults in the U.S. with limited English or reading skills.

Low education and skill levels of adults are a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing the United States, including early childhood education, education reform, economic development and improving the health and well-being of the nation’s families and communities. Access to adult education programs has shown a 20 percent decrease in the number of adults without a high school diploma.

SAD 52 is a leader in providing academic instruction aligned to college and career readiness standards with preparation and coaching for individuals without a high school diploma. On average, a person with a high school diploma or equivalent earns about $9,620 more a year than a nongraduate.

Those interested in learning more about the the programs and offerings for diploma, HiSet, college transition and work certification projects call 207-225-1010. FMI: www.msad52.maineadulted.org.

SAD 52 Adult Education presented students free books during National Adult Education Family Literacy Week. From left are Taylor Eastman, Habiba Weheliye, Melanie North and Khadija Noorow.

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