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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
Alvin Joseph, President Crown of Life Insurance
Megan Callahan, President Elect Stockwell, Sievert Law Firm
Mary Villaume, Secretary St. Louis Catholic High School
Vynessie Wilburn, Treasurer Golden Nugget Casino
Hilda Rothschild, Past President Social Security Administration
Raven Carrier Lake Area Medical Center
Kathleen Deanda Stockwell, Sievert Law Firm
Penny Haxthausen CPDAO
Anatole Karpovs Children’s Clinic of SWLA, Inc.
Stephanie Karpovs Speech Therapist
Ashley Kerns Mike Hooks, Inc.
Kimberlee LaPoint Suddenlink Communications
Bernadette LeBlanc Iberia Bank
Fletcher Pierson, Emeritus Retired, CPSB
Will Reid Iberia Bank
Penny Seneca Community Volunteer
Judith Washington Black Heritage Festival
Michelle Welch Jeff Davis Bank

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

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