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READ Lakeland
c/o Learning Resource Center
1628 S. Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL  33803
863.802.1512 Phone
863.688.0248 Fax
READ Lakeland is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through teaching basic literacy skills to adult nonreaders and promoting adult and family literacy. 

Our Services

We offer one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction to the estimated 24% of adults in Lakeland who cannot read medical instructions, fill out an employment application, or read a simple story to a child.  All of our services are FREE to our learners. 

READ Lakeland 
serves adults 18 and older who are not enrolled in a traditional school program and who do not read well enough to enter a GED program. We have over 100 committed volunteers who devote their time to helping low-literacy adults learn to read.


Student Success Story

A school day for most young girls starts with finding their backpack, doing their hair and choosing an outfit to wear for the day.  Susprina Grams day started by getting her young sisters and cousins (ages 5,6 & 7) out of bed, making their breakfast and finding outfits for all of them to wear.  At 14, Susprina had to drop out of school to take care of her sisters and cousins.  Her mom and aunt were both single parents and she was needed at home.   

Since then Susprina has worked through many obstacles in her life, including being homeless for a while.  Overcoming these problems was a big challenge; however, she persevered and later married.  With the support of her husband and their four children she made a decision to become the first person in her family to graduate with a GED.

Through tutoring support and a scholarship from READ Lakeland, Susprina will complete her GED and begin pursuing her long term goal of becoming a medical assistant.

READ Polk’s mission is to conquer illiteracy by working with the four literacy councils in Polk County. The county has an adult illiteracy rate of 27%.  That means over 22,000 people who live in Polk County cannot read.  Comparatively, Polk County has a labor force of over 274,000 people.  Out of that number 25,524 work in the healthcare industry.  That is 9.3% of the work force.  Once Susprina obtains her GED and furthers her education, she will become a part of that statistic and one less person in Polk County will be considered functionally illiterate.  One more dream will come true. 

Susprina Grams receives a scholarship from READ Lakeland to complete her GED at the West Area Adult School.

From left to right:  Kara Trees (West Area Adult School), READ Lakeland Board Member, READ Polk Board Member; Susprina Grams; and Lynda Wolverton (Polk State College), President, READ Lakeland Board of Directors.