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Club Projects: Dartmouth Learning Network

It is estimated that the literacy skills of 38% of working age Nova Scotians is below a level required to function in a modern economy. The Dartmouth Learning Network (DLN) is a not for profit organization that provides opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills, free of charge.    

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been an active supporter of the Dartmouth Learning Network since 2006, acting on their Board of director, guiding programs and through financial help.

In April 2008 as part of, a DLN / Dartmouth Rotary club joint venture, DLN learners were enrolled in pilot project to use the Computer Assisted Learning System (CALS) to enhance literacy skills. The learners worked on the CALS exercises for about six weeks. The pilot project was set up to test the benefits of the online phonics program for adult learners and to determine the requirements for running the project; including staff training and time, location and equipment, learner willingness and progress. It was hoped that the experience would allow DLN and Rotary to gather sufficient information to decide if the project should be continued and expand the program to include more learners. The pilot project showed benefits to the learners and the Club made a donation of $5000 to fund more learners in 2009. The full program was deemed a success.

In the latest round of support, materials were purchased and on Saturday March 17 2012 a crew from the Club pitched in to improve the condition of the DLN classrooms on Wyse Road. Fourteen sets of new blinds were installed, five bulletin boards were hung, and shelving units were erected. The computer lab was painted and organized and 10 computer desks and chair (supplied by DLN) were assembled......read more

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