Literacy Network tackles region's monumental reading problem with Spelling Bee

CINCINNATI – An astounding 400,000 people in Greater Cincinnati are functionally illiterate. Though that number is gathered from a metropolitan area of more than 2 million, it surpasses the population of the city of Cincinnati by more than 100,000.

The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati is on the front lines of combating the problem, which has grown from 288,000 just a few years ago, working in eight counties with more than 60 literacy programs, a coalition of more than 100 provider agencies and more than 30 schools.

The group listed more than 1,000 volunteers and spending of $280,000 in its 2012 tax filing, all geared toward improving the lives of neighbors whose careers are hobbled by their inability to read.

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