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Literacy Council of SWLA

The Literacy Council provides programs for adults, children and families. Programs for adults include adult basic education, HiSET preparation, computer literacy, English as a second language, and workplace skills development. Programs for children include tutoring at partner sites, tutoring for middle and high school students at the Central School, and summer programs. Family programs include partnerships to support Early Literacy Foundations, Prime Time Family Reading Time®, Reach Out & Read and Reading is Fundamental.

The Literacy Council is located in Lake Charles, LA in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center at 809 Kirby St. on the first floor in suite 126. For more information about the Literacy Council’s programs, call 337-494-7000 or 1-888-LIT-SWLA.

The Literacy Council is a United Way Agency.

How to Help

Literacy, or the lack thereof, can have devastating impacts on families, communities and workplaces.  Please share information with your friends, family and colleagues about the local impact of literacy.  Use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.


Have you, a friend, relative or co-worker benefitted from an adult education, after-school or family literacy program?  By sharing how the program has changed your or someone else’s life, you may be inspiring others to enter our program or one in their community.


A variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.  Consider volunteering as a community reader, literacy tutor or conversation partner.  In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with community outreach, fundraising, and capacity development.


The Literacy Council depends on the generosity of our local community to help us sustain our services for adults, children and families.  For more information about opportunities to give, visit the donate section of our website or call our office at 337-494-7000 or 1-888-LIT-SWLA.

Our Mission

Mission: The Literacy Council is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides instructional programs to improve educational skill levels in Southwest Louisiana and works to increase public awareness of literacy-related issues.

Vision: Through its Lifelong Learning Center, the Literacy Council provides educational programs to build individual self-sufficiency, strengthen families, and ultimately enrich lives and our community as a whole.  The Council’s vision is to build a strong literate community, one individual-and one family-at a time.

Board Members
Board Member  Affiliation
Michelle Welch, President Jeff Davis Bank
Dawn Primeaux, President Elect Jeff Davis Bank
Judith Washington, Secretary Retired, CPSB
Will Reid, Treasurer Iberia Bank
Christopher Archinard Retired, CPSB
Bernadette Burns Iberia Bank
Matthew Carter Morgan Stanley
Danny Clark PPG Industries
Kathleen Deanda Stockwell, Sievert
Alvin Joseph Crown of Life Insurance
Sandie MacKnight Retired, CPSB
John O’Donnell SWLAHEC
Fletcher Pierson, Emeritus Retired, CPSB
Stephanie Treme, M.D. Children’s Clinic of SWLA

The Literacy Council’s Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of each month at the Carnegie Memorial Library.

For additional information about the Board, please email