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The most literate cities in the United States -yearly survey results from Central Connecticut State University. Where does Corpus Christi rank?

Imagine not being able to read… How would you use the internet? Fill out a job application? Communicate with your child’s teacher?

Millions of Americans cannot read well enough to get two facts from a newspaper article. Even in this day and age, one American adult in seven is illiterate. Fortunately, there are ways to escape from that situation. CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts looks at some personal stories of illiteracy, including his own.

The functional illiteracy rate in Nueces County is 17%. That is almost one in five people. For a county by county description of the illiteracy rate in Texas, click here. The Corpus Christi Literacy Council has been teaching adults to read since 1986.

Nationwide, adult literacy programs are struggling with budget cuts. You can donate to the literacy council by clicking “Donate Now” on the left side of this page, or call our office. You can sponsor a program that will enable 50 students to get lessons on their phone ($800) or buy a workbook ($20). You choose how you will make this a better community.

Trivia Teams Compete and Have Fun


Trivia Night Was resoundingly fun on Jan. 20. You may remember that the folks working on the new future water park -Hurricane Alley- on Aug. 19 somehow disrupted the water pipes leading to the Ortiz Center, leaving the facility without AC or water. No flushing, no event in Aug. But we regrouped and still had fun. We hope to repeat the experience soon. How does it work? Click here to find out.

Teach the Parent, Reach the Child*
*The phrase, “Teach the Parent, Reach the Child” comes from the Adult Reading Center in Pearland, TX. When we help an adult learn to read, we open doors for the whole family.

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Corpus Christi Literacy Council is a member of the Executive Directors Council of the Coastal Bend