Scavenger hunt aims to raise money for adult literacy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2015) - An event Thursday night will benefit an adult literacy program in Central Indiana.

The scavenger hunt, called Scavenge the Ave, starts at Indy Reads Books and continues down Mass Ave.

For the seventh year, this event will raise money to support adult literacy.

Organizers say one in five adults in Central Indiana struggles with reading and writing, which has devastating effects.

Indy Reads Books takes money raised at the scavenger hunt and uses that to match adults with tutors who work together weekly.

Students range in age from 18 - 91-years-old.

In 2014, Indy Reads helped over 1,300 people.

“It’s hard for them to get and keep employment as well as they face many health care obstacles,” said Alyssa Newerth with Indy Reads Books. “It’s hard to read a map, to read a recipe, to read a bus schedule. And so when somebody learns how to read, it just changes their entire life and opens up a whole new world for them.”

About 300 people are expected at the scavenger hunt, but more are welcome.

It kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Indy Reads Books at 911 Mass Ave.

The cost is $12 ahead of time or $15 at the door.

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