Sunday, July 17, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US: NY NY :: Ardmore OK :: Wayne/Pike COs PA :: Butte MT :: Steubenville OH

Literacy Partners Shines a Light on Parental Illiteracy With New Campaign by The&Partnership

PR Newswire: 6.08.2016

Literacy Partners, a nonprofit organization that provides free literacy classes to low-income parents, has teamed with New York-based communications agency The&Partnership to create a compelling campaign "What Kids Reads" that brings attention to parental illiteracy and how it impacts their families.

There are more than two million adults in New York City – or one in four – who are functionally illiterate and have trouble with daily tasks others take for granted, such as reading a prescription bottle, helping their child with homework, or even navigating public transportation.

"We couldn't be more honored to partner with Literacy Partners on such important life-changing work. The numbers around adult illiteracy and how it affects families is much higher than most people would think, and we hope that this campaign can help to bring about some lasting change and support for the work that Literacy Partners is doing in the community," said Andrew Bailey, CEO, North America, The&Partnership.

The campaign includes an emotional video from a child's point of view and a unique interactive digital storytelling experience. The video entitled "What Kids Read" focuses on the role-reversal that occurs when parents who cannot read have to rely on their children to do so for them. One child has to read the instructions for a prescription, while another reads an overdue rent notice. Actual students who participate in the Literacy Partners program are featured in the video, and the voiceover is read by Camille McPherson, a first-year student in the program, in an effort to highlight the strides she has already made.  VIDEO

Ardmore Literacy Leadership Recognizes Adult Learners in Ardmore, Oklahoma
Pro Literacy Blog: 6.08.2016 by Sarah Howell

I was fortunate enough to attend, the Ardmore Literacy Leadership’s (A.L.L.) third graduation event at the Ardmore Convention Center on the evening of May 26, 2016. The event recognized adult learners from various programs throughout the community. =The 2016 graduating class included 72 adults, some of whom received their GED or U.S. citizenship. Other learners recognized completed financial literacy courses, computer literacy classes, or job training programs. The learners participate in programs from five local programs: Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps, Ardmore Public Library, Grace Center, New Dimensions Literacy Council, and Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.

Drew Beard, area director of the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was the featured speaker. Drew delivered a message of hope and encouragement. He urged graduates to use the momentum from graduation to continue their educationREAD MORE @

Carole Linkiewicz is “Tutor of the Year”
News Eagle: 6.09.2016 by Peter Becker, Managing Editor

Giving the gift of literacy to adults hungry to learn is a group of dedicated and selfless volunteer tutors whose work was recognized recently.

Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) honored their tutors at the annual Volunteer Tutors luncheon, held May 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Hawley. WPALP has been providing free tutoring and study materials to adults who reside in Wayne or Pike counties, since 1987.

Carole Linkiewicz of Rowlands, Lackawaxen Township was chosen by the board of directors as the 2016 Tutor of the Year for her success with incarcerated adults. Several of those students have earned a Commonwealth Secondary Education Diploma.

Representing Senator Lisa Baker was her field representative Andrew Seder, who presented the Certificates of Recognition issued by her office. Senator Baker, a staunch supporter of adult literacy education, was in legislative session in HarrisburgREAD MORE @

Never too late to learn: Butte program helps improve literacy
KXLF: 6.1.2016 by John Emeigh

As school age children are enjoying the beginning of summer vacation, there are many adults in this community that are lacking in basic reading, writing and math skills.

“Literacy is extremely important,” said Cathy Maloney, Butte-Silver Bow Superintendent of Schools. “We have children going to school to learn how to read and often times their parents can't read to them.”

This is one of the reasons why the Butte Literacy Program works to help adults of all ages to improve those skills, including helping high school dropouts achieve their equivalency degree.

“In the 21st Century, having a high school diploma is going to be an absolute minimum requirement for almost any and every job,” said Jamie Barrett, with the Butte Literacy Program.
-Stephanie Sheehy, 33, wants to attend college, but was short on her high school credits. This program has helped this mother of three children get ready to start college.  VIDEO

Renda Named to Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
June Boomers and Beyond

Gloria J. Renda of Steubenville is among 10 remarkable older Ohioans who have been honored for a lifetime of accomplishments.

Renda was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus May 19. She joined more than 450 individuals who have been inducted since 1977.

Renda worked for 27 years as librarian in Jefferson County Schools. Through various endeavors, she has helped bring literacy to countless neighbors. Using a grant from Vista Volunteers of America, she founded the Upper Ohio Valley Adult Literacy Council in 1990 to tutor adults in reading.  READ MORE @

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