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Bowlers ‘Strike for Literacy’ in the Coastal Bend

Posted: 8:31 PM, Jun 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-02 21:31:46-04

Bowlers hit the lanes on Saturday to lend a hand to the Corpus Christi Literacy Council.

"Strike For Literacy" was held over at Bowlero Bowling Alley in Corpus Christi, an annual bowling tournament that raises money for the literacy program.

The goal of the event was to raise money to increase literacy in Nueces County, where organizers said 17% of the population doesn’t know how to read. In today’s society, the implications of illiteracy are boundless.

"One of the things is that the bar is actually higher now," Dr. Mary V. Gleason, executive director with CCLC described.

Added difficulty "in terms of what you need to be able to read in order to function in our jobs," is among the issues CCLC hopes to ease, Gleason explained. "You have to know computers nowadays, but there is so much more than just reading."

The group also assists locals who speak and read in other languages to learn to read and write in English.