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Trident Literacy moves to new location

Trident Literacy's old building (Brodie Hart/WCIV)

An organization built on helping people to read and succeed has its own story tell.

The Trident Literacy Association is moving into a newer, larger building on Tuesday.

"Makeshift classrooms in hallways, it's just not designed to accommodate our need,” said Eileen Chepenik, Executive Director of Trident Literacy. The non-profit group is celebrating its 45th year helping people ages 17 and up learn to read and study for their G.E.D. They also provide English as a Second Language Courses.

"It's the reading skill of the mother that’s the strongest determinate of a child’s success,” Chepenik added. “Now we hear so much about entire schools where children aren’t reading at grade level. So student by student Trident Literacy is turning that around.”

Trident Literacy Association spent 18 years at its Rivers Avenue location in North Charleston, which was a space never meant for classrooms. They also had issues with limited parking for staff and students. We're told the elevator even got stuck. After the move, that will no longer be a problem.

“We have a long waiting list both in our GED program and our ESL program and in this new facility we hope to be able to accommodate everyone,” Chepenik said.

The new facility is located at 6185 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. The group is still asking for donations to help outfit the new space with furniture and other needs.

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