Claremore Daily Progress

February 16, 2014

Community leaders gather to promote community literacy program

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter


Several community leaders joined the Rogers County Literacy Council last week to celebrate student success and honor volunteers. 
The local non-profit organization is improving adult literacy through the help of more than 40 volunteer tutors.
Claremore City Manger Jim Thomas served as the guess speaker for the annual event. Thomas highlighted the recent success of Claremore and shared the city’s long-term goals for the future.
He placed special emphasis on local job creation and the role of literacy.
“We have a vibrant community,” Thomas said. “Literacy is very important to every community.” 
He spoke about the industrial expansion in Claremore and how it is key to have a qualified to workforce to meet the demands of growth.
“Reading, writing and arithmetic are very critical skills,” Thomas said. 
They are a basic foundation and key for success, according to Thomas.
Thomas detailed Claremore’s industrial expansion emphasizing a qualified work force as a key ingredient to meeting the city’s future needs.
The Rogers County Literacy Council provides educational services through the assistance of volunteers. They teach classes including English as a Learned Language. Using the Each One Teach One method, tutors help students reach an individual level of academic success.
“The Rogers County Literacy Council is a building block of the community,” Director Edel Godwin said. 
Since their inception 20 years ago the group has partnered with the community to provide a valuable service, according to Godwin.
The organization receives grant funding and private donations to provide free tutoring services to adults age 16 and older.
“There are really generous people in our community who continue to support our efforts,” Godwin said.
The Rogers County Literacy Council works in cooperation with the City of Claremore and offices at the Will Rogers Library.
Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the program, donations or how to become a student or tutor, contact Edel Godwin at 918-277-4331 by email at