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It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a very dear friend, Vice President of READ Lakeland, Kiss the Pig Winner, and tutor, Dax Gingras. While Dax may physically no longer be with us, the lasting impression he made on everyone's hearts will live on forever. Dax was the BEST! He always made us laugh and taught us so much about living life to the fullest while facing brain cancer. He was the most giving person, always willing to lend a hand, and his perseverance was admirable. It was an honor and a privilege to know Dax. He will be sorely missed. This beautiful passage sums up Dax and we wanted to share it with you:

"The Measure of A Man- Not how did he die? But how did he live? Not what did he gain? But what did he give? These are the units to measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth. Not what was his station? But had he a heart? And how did he play his God-given part? Was he ever ready with the word of good cheer to bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not what was his church? Nor what was his creed. But had he befriended those really in need? Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say? But how many were sorry when he passed away?"
Rest in peace, Dax. We will miss you forever.
Love, your friends at READ Lakeland

READ Lakeland's annual fundraising campaign Kiss the Pig "Grand Smooch Finale" to increase literacy awareness, is scheduled for April 13, 2023!

We kick off our 2-week fundraising campaign on March 30th with the "Swine and Peck Soiree" for our candidates/teams in hopes we will surpass our goal of $30,000 and make this year our most successful yet!


We are looking for Sponsors and Candidates - Contact us today to join our event and get a chance to KISS THE PIG!

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Founded in 1995, READ Lakeland, Inc is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through teaching basic literacy skills to adult nonreaders and promoting adult literacy. We offer one-to-one tutoring and small group instruction to an estimated 24% of adults in Lakeland who are functioning at the lowest levels of literacy. We help those who cannot read medical instructions, fill out an employment application, or read a simple story to a child. With more than 100 volunteers, we offer FREE tutoring and services to those wanting to better their skills.

We are here to help, Contact us today!

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We offer free tutoring training for all of our volunteers - contact us today for more information

Our annual fundraiser KISS THE PIG is a fun and easy way to help support our services

We appreciate your generosity

Making a Difference

Our students obtain their GED, enroll in post-secondary education, pass the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), obtain a driver's license, learn English skills to enter school or employment, read to thier children, and pass the exam to become a U.S. citizen.



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