perry county literacy council

Perry County Literacy Council


Overcoming Barriers to Career Pathways through Adult Education

The mission of the Perry County Literacy Council (PCLC) is to provide educational programs for Perry County residents and their families that will enable them to better function as productive, responsible citizens. All of our programs are 100% free; we tailor our instruction to the individual’s needs and deliver it via one-to-one tutoring and small classes.

We at PCLC recognize that, with frequent advancements in technology, the American job market is changing rapidly, and having a formal education is more crucial a requirement now than ever in the employment process. We know that the people who walk through our doors are experiencing various barriers to learning and achievement—ranging from histories of substance or physical abuse to minor infractions of the law—which they wish to overcome.

PCLC firmly believes in solving problems and helping people overcome obstacles on the path to success; therefore, we provide our students with both the resources and the personal attention they need to both attain their career certifications and put them to practical, real-world use. Our vision statement – “Overcoming Barriers to Career Pathways through Adult Education” – serves as a summation of this philosophy.




133 S. 5th Street
Newport, PA 17074


717-567-READ (7323)
Toll Free 866-781-7323

I am the hard working and successful person I am today because of the Perry County Literacy Council. They gave me the tools I needed to have a career.
— Joe Gabner

Tina Wickard

Tina Wickard


Recent Graduate

This AMAZING young woman, Tina Wickard, worked so hard for a long time and just earned her GED and she said we could share the good news! We are so proud of her!

Kathleen Bentley, Executive Director of PCLC, at the 18th Annual Non-Profit Innovation Awards, sponsored by Central Penn Business Journal.

Kathleen Bentley, Executive Director of PCLC, at the 18th Annual Non-Profit Innovation Awards, sponsored by Central Penn Business Journal.


Non-profit Innovation Awards

The 18th annual Nonprofit Innovation Awards honored local 501(c)(3) organizations of all sizes and their executives demonstrating innovation in their daily operations at a breakfast event on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Lancaster. Perry County Literacy Council was a finalist in the the Collaboration category. PCLC is very proud to have earned the runner up award in that category, which included a check for $1,000 to support the work of the organization.


Upcoming Events

We at PCLC offer a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. These are excellent and fun opportunities to show your support for PCLC and to help us continue to provide our services to the people of Perry County.

november 2016
annual giving campaign

PCLC invests time, talent and your treasure in Perry County residents. Our students people become high school graduates, skilled workers, taxpayers and consumers. They gain skills and credentials that last a lifetime. As they advance, their families advance. A win, win for Perry County.

The Perry County Literacy Council encourages local community members to show their support for their efforts through its annual Fall Giving Campaign.

May 6, 2017
Race for reading

Little Buffalo State Park, 5pm

The Race for Reading is the Literacy Council’s major annual fundraiser, coinciding each year with the running of the Kentucky Derby. The event begins with the Mint Julep Party, where the traditional Derby beverage is provided for PCLC’s top donors along with hors d’oeuvres. PCLC organizes and holds the Race at the Little Buffalo State Park Recreation Hall in Newport. The Derby itself is broadcast on widescreen TV while food, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served to guests. The evening includes both a silent and a live auction, which feature gift certificates, handcrafted artworks, food items and other offerings from local businesses and Perry County residents. All proceeds from the Race directly benefit PCLC and go toward the purchase of instructional materials, gas cards, classes, and other necessities for PCLC and its students.

August 19, 2017
chili cook off

Perry County Fair, 3:00-6:30 PM

PCLC participates every year in the Perry County Fair’s Chili Cook-Off, a fun and creative competition held from 3:00-6:30 PM on the final Saturday of the Fair. Bill Gillenwater, a longtime supporter and dear friend of PCLC, coordinates the event, which features over 17 different cooks and various types of hot, sweet and spicy chili, as well as games and prizes for the entire family.

Fair attendees can submit a 25-cent donation in order to sample each competitor’s recipe and vote for their favorites. Prizes are awarded for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice for Best Chili, as well as for Best Chili Cook-Off Booth.

WQLV Radio broadcasts live from the Cook-Off and provides commentary on the festivities. All proceeds from sales directly benefit the Perry County Literacy Council.

If you’d like to enter your own recipe for competition, feel free to contact Bill Gillenwater at k3sv@pa.net.