MADISON (WKOW) -- About one thousand people walked or ran Sunday morning to promote literacy in Dane County.
The 18th annual run-walk event for the Literacy Network started from the corner of State and Gorham streets. Participants had the option of a 5K walk, a 5K run, or a 10K run.
The event is the Literacy Network's largest fundraiser of the year.
"We teach English as a second language primarily, and that's to immigrants who are trying to make a better life for themselves here in the U.S.," said tutoring director Brian Anderson. "So English is key to their survival and their success as members of our community, so that's why we do this."
Anderson said the event usually raised about $30,000. The money helps provide tutors, classroom time, and a computer lab.
Every year, the Literacy Network has about 300 tutors who teach English reading and writing. There are about 1,000 clients in Dane County.
Anderson said the challenge for the agency's clients reminds him of a time when the military stations him in Japan in the 1980's.
"Imagine yourself on the subway in another country where you can't read a thing, and you can't heard what people are saying," he said. "The experience is a little bit panic. It's very hard for people to be in that experience, and we're trying to give them a hand up."