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International Literacy Day is recognized each year on Sept. 8. This helps raise awareness of the importance of reading and basic math skills in health and education. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, founded the day in 1966.

The importance of being able to read and perform basic math is often overlooked and may impact millions of people. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy, 14 percent of adults in the U.S. are illiterate, 21 percent read below a fifth-grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read. Wisconsin has approximately 1 million adults who qualify for adult literacy and English language services. However, less than 10 percent of Wisconsin adults needing help currently receive the services they need. Marathon and Wood counties have illiteracy rates of about 8 percent. More than 13,000 adults in the two counties are illiterate...

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