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NONPROFIT WISH LIST: Literacy Highland Lakes

One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Literacy Highland Lakes is the Rubber Ducky Race during the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival in April. File photo

Getting an education is a big step toward finding a job and earning a living. While going to school is an everyday part of children’s lives, for adults, it can be a challenge.

Literacy Highland Lakes is geared toward helping adults earn their high school equivalency certificate (GED), build their literacy skills, or prepare for the U.S. naturalization/citizenship test. Over the past three decades, the nonprofit has helped thousands of Highland Lakes residents improve their lives through education for free.

But it takes a number of volunteers and a good dose of community support to make that happen.

Literacy Highland Lakes is always in need of volunteers. This year’s wish list includes more people to mentor Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) holders during their preparation for the naturalization/citizenship test. Though the card allows the holder to live and work in the United States, many would like to become citizens.

The organization provides training for mentors, so no experience is necessary.

It also offers free classes in English as a Second Language, basic reading, and high school equivalency preparation. Volunteer assistance is needed for these courses as well.

While Literacy Highland Lakes receives some money from private foundations and grants, one of its biggest fundraisers is the annual Rubber Ducky Race, which is held each spring during the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet. Along with people who “sponsor” a duck, Literacy Highland Lakes is looking for businesses that would like to support the race through advertising and sponsorships.

There's always room for more businesses, organizations, and individuals wanting to make a difference in adult education and literacy.

Contact Literacy Highland Lakes at or (512) 756-7337 for more information, to volunteer, or to sponsor the Rubber Ducky Race. Or, visit

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