Gary Kapanowski was the first in his family to attend and graduate from a private high school. Gary Kapanowski was also the first to graduate from the University of Michigan. Once Gary Kapanowski earned his degree, he went on to become a respected figure in Detroit, Michigan’s competitive accounting world. Gary Kapanowski understands the importance of reading and education, and volunteers his time at Macomb Literacy Partners. Today, he shares some of the benefits of literacy.
Literacy Builds Independence
Adults who grew up illiterate often don’t learn to read because they’re ashamed or feel stupid, Gary Kapanowski says. Lack of literacy makes them dependent on others to complete most tasks. Illiteracy may also place the adult or someone else in danger. An adult who learns to read increases his or her independence. Literacy also builds confidence; an adult afraid to leave a familiar neighborhood can go out and enjoy new people and places more easily when he or she learns to read.
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