Sunday, February 28, 2016

Literacy – Spanning North America: British Columbia CA :: Tulare Co CA :: Amherst MA :: Franklin Co NY :: Benton Co AR

Reach a Reader: Tutor enjoys chatting
Williams Lake Tribune: 1.26.2016 by Gaeil Farrar

Helping adults to improve their reading skills has become a richly rewarding experience for Val Biffert.

Seven years ago, Val took her first tutor training course with Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy after seeing an advertisement in The Tribune.

Since then she has tutored three new Canadian women whose first language was not English.

“Tutoring opens new doors for me and in return I am opening new doors for my students,” Val says. “I love learning about new cultures and feel that I have an insider’s view of my learner’s birth country. Watching my learner gain confidence is very rewarding. So, it is a win-win situation.”  READ MORE @



In the early 1980s, Preston Miller, a Malone native, was troubled by the low level of reading skills in Franklin County. He was convinced that reading was a human right and chose to help those who were unable to perform many daily tasks because of their low literacy skills.

Literacy changes lives for better
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: 1.17.2016 by April Robertson

Four years ago, Sharon Nisen was sitting at a table during Scrabble Wars.

She was enjoying the evening -- having played an energetic round of the board game, perused the silent auction and had a nice dinner. But during the slideshow that explained the need for the Literacy Council of Benton County, Nisen was shocked to learn that 45,000 adults in Northwest Arkansas don't know how to read.

Those family values drove Nisen into business, where she spent four decades working for major companies and led her sister into a career as a teaching doctor. Shortly before that sister died, she encouraged Nisen to become a dedicated volunteer.  READ MORE @

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