Sunday, July 26, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Peoria IL :: Huntington WV :: Elgin IL :: Frederick MD

“I thought, I have to get my GED and then everything will fall into place,” Archie said.

Volunteers are the heart of Tri-State Literacy Council
Herald Dispatch: 6.08.2015

Tri-State Literacy Council trains 30-60 volunteer tutors each year. All our tutors are amazing.

Vivian Atkinson, a tutor with TSLC for more than 10 years, tutored a lady for three years until she attained her high school equivalency diploma. Andrea Lupson, a tutor with TSLC for almost two years, tutored a gentleman whose first language was not English. Not only did she cultivate his interests in the United States, she helped him improve his workplace and language skills, so he could obtain a job in Huntington.

Many of our volunteers work with learners for greater periods of time than the requested one hour per week. Some TSLC tutors take on tutoring more than one learner, putting in additional hours of planning and instructional time. Skip Flynn, Linda Board, Donna Wheeler, and many others, work or have worked with multiple learners each week.

Still more of our tutors, who originally planned on volunteering with TSLC for only nine months to a year, have stayed with our organization. Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody has been with TSLC for more than 20 years. We have a host of tutors who have volunteered for five years or more, and many more tutor longer than the one year they first signed up for. Our tutors show up. TSLC tutors volunteer for many other projects. They show up at Marcum Terrace for Summers on the Terrace. They show up for family literacy events at CCPL main and other branch libraries. They show up for Tutor Advisory Board meetings to help support one another and to find ways to make tutoring more successful for tutors and learners.  READ MORE !

The Literacy Connection honored tutors and learners at the annual Tutor/Learner Recognition
Daily Herald: 6.10.2015 by Carolyn Chadwell

The Literacy Connection's annual Tutor/Learner Recognition was held Thursday, June 4, at the Gail Borden Public Library in downtown Elgin.

A morning program took place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and an evening program took place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More than 100 tutors and their learners attended the event to celebrate their outstanding efforts during the past year.

Certificates were awarded to tutors and learners who reached milestones in the following categories: Tutors with 5- and 10-years of service; Learners with 5, 10 and 15 years of attendance; Learners with over 50, 75 or 100 hours of attendance; and Tutors with over 50, 75, 100 and 125 hours of service.

Administrative and testing volunteers also were acknowledged and awarded certificates.

There were two guest speakers: Carina Morales in the morning program and Eustacio Baldazo in the evening program.

Both speakers delivered inspirational stories of their personal and professional achievements since beginning the adult literacy program with The Literacy Connection.  READ MORE !

Literacy Council volunteer still going strong after 40 years
Frederick News Post: 6.13.2015 by Laura Dukes

Caroline Gaver has spent more than half of her life with the Literacy Council of Frederick County.

The now 68-year-old owned a dairy farm with her husband, Joel, when she noticed some of their employees did not know how to read. She saw something in the newspaper about the Literacy Council looking for volunteer tutors, and it made her curious about how an adult would learn to read.

That was 40 years ago, and she’s been a volunteer with the council ever since.

The Libertytown resident said they taught, and still teaches, volunteers to tutor using the Laubach method. This is a multi-sensory phonics-based approach with charts and keywords, Gaver said. The keywords, such as “bird,” are meant to teach sounds of language.

When Gaver started volunteering with the council, the majority of the students she saw were American-born English speakers who were almost completely illiterate. They started learning at beginner levels, learning sounds and names of letters.

These students usually had received some schooling, but many had dropped out early, Gaver said. This was often because they had to work to help support their families.

“That was typical of the middle of the last century,” she said.  READ MORE !

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