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Mountaintop School Joins Community in Literacy Project

Story by Mountain View Conference Staff
Published on 4/4/2012

Dianne Hancock, Simon Trembly’s (pictured) teacher, wants him to learn to recognize the lower and upper case letters of the alphabet while learning the various phonetic sounds of each of the letters as he is developing early computer skills. The program he is working with is very interactive at a child’s pre-school level.
Developing literacy in a community in Appalachia is one of the goals of the Mountaintop Adventist School in Oakland, Md., where Simon attends. The goal requires a joint effort with the departments of the local church, Campaign for Community, Adventist Community Services (ACS) and the community of Oakland. Their joint efforts have created the Appalachian Literacy Through Technology Project.
“Many students in this Appalachian area come from homes where the parents are either undereducated or underemployed and receive some form of public assistance,” says J. Wayne Hancock, EdD, ACS/Disaster Response director for the Mountain View Conference. “In these homes, the literacy levels of the children are at-risk and many drop out before completing high school.”
By implementing reading and technology together to promote a life-long love for learning, the Appalachian Literacy Through Technology Project, operated by the Mountaintop Adventist School, hopes to break the cycle of illiteracy that leads to poverty and a lack of job opportunities.