Sunday, December 28, 2014

Literacy: Spanning the U.S. - Middletown NY :: Menlo Park CA :: Racine WI

Literacy:  Spanning the U.S.
Holiday Fund: Unlocking stories helps adults learn to read, write and find success
The Almanac: 12.15.2014 by Mike Goodkind, Project Read volunteer.

Project Read-Menlo Park literacy tutors are finding that the personal stories locked inside their students can be sprung loose to become fascinating, valuable tools in the quest for literacy.

For the 30th anniversary of the Menlo Park literacy program next year, Program Director Roberta Roth expects Project Read to produce a book of student stories that will inspire, educate, and keep alive the sagas that had hitherto been untold to the community.

Project Read students speak more than a dozen native tongues from all over the world but share a common goal of wishing to read and write English.

Margarita Joachin, with help from tutor Susan Speicher, recently presented a short self-published book chronicling her journey from El Salvador. The book was a gift for her daughter.

Carmen from Latin America recently wrote how she and her husband worked two full-time jobs each for 13 years to buy a house.  READ MORE !

Since 1965, the Racine Literacy Council Adult Literacy Program has provided one-to-one tutoring in Racine County to thousands of adults wanting to learn English as a second language or to improve basic literacy skills. The countywide program now includes group tutoring and classes in computer literacy, citizenship, the written portion of the driver’s license test, financial and health literacy. The program is student-centered and stresses personal goals as they relate to learner’s employment, family and self, and civic engagement or responsibilities.  READ MORE !

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