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

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Perry County Literacy Council opens
Fingerprinting Site

With an interest in providing rural access for Perry County residents and others, we welcome the opportunity to offer these professional services.

IdentoGO is the exclusive live scan fingerprinting provider for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a certified FBI Channeling Agent. We offer Digital Fingerprinting Services for state and federal agencies or employment requirements and (coming soon) Passport Photo Services for official documents such as passports, immigration documents and visas. IdentoGO Centers provide convenient, professional environments for live scan (electronic) fingerprinting services, which are delivered by trained Enrollment Agents.

Our hours of operation for fingerprinting are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-6pm. Individuals must pre-register on-line by visiting the website at www.identogo.com


PErry County Literacy Council Endowment Fund established

Jeff Mattern, center, president of both the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Perry County Community Foundation received recently the first donation from Barbara L. Holliman of Newport to create an endowment named in honor of Kathleen Bentley, far left, director of the Perry County Literacy Council.  Founded over thirty years ago to enable adults to achieve their high school diplomas, the Council under Mrs. Bentley’s ten years of guidance has partnered with numerous human resource agencies to enable adults, regardless of age, to overcome barriers to further their educations, gain employment and become financially independent.  Donations to the endowment can be sent to PCLC, P.O. Box 37, Newport, PA 17074.


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.

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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 4, 2019
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 17, 2019
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. Leslie Heimbaugh, PCLC Office Manager, is the new coordinator of the event, which features as many as 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.

Many thanks to Bill Gillenwater, a long time supporter and dear friend to PCLC for his many years as Chili Cook-Off coordinator.

If you’d like to enter your own recipe for competition, feel free to contact Leslie Heimbaugh at literacy@pa.net.