A group of six seniors in the UNM Department of Communication & Journalism are volunteering their time this week to raise awareness of the link between literacy and public health. The seniors are working with the non-profit agency Reading Works, Inc. to promote National Public Health Week through April 12.

On Saturday, April 12, the weeklong event culminates with a Walk for Health and Literacy Fair at Emerson – John Carrillo Park in the International District. The Walk for Health begins at 1 p.m. at the San Pedro Library. 

The Literacy Fair, which will be moved around to various locations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo Country during the week, will feature a Conversation Wall. The Conversation Wall’s purpose is to encourage the community to write down their thoughts about the importance of literacy to leading a healthy and happy life. The event will feature reading circles, free books, food, music and other fun activities.

Reading Works, Inc. is a community-based adult literacy program in Albuquerque that serves adults living in Bernalillo County. Reading Works provides free tutoring to adults in three core literacy areas: basic literacy (reading and writing); English as a Second Language; and GED examination preparation.

For more information, contact Matthew Cross-Guillen at MatthewC@bernco.gov.