Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Westbrook CT :: Albuquerque NM :: Monmouth Co NJ



Jimmy Santiago Baca is keynote at literacy event
Albuquerque Journal:  5.23.2017 by ABQJournal News Staff

Jimmy Santiago Baca will be the keynote speaker at Reading Works’ Fifth Annual Luncheon for Literacy on June 25.

Reading Works provides free tutoring to adults in reading, writing, math, computer skills and English language acquisition. Luncheon for Literacy raises money to support those programs.

The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. at Hotel Albuquerque. Individual tickets are $70, and a table of ten is $600. They are available at through June 15.

According to the organization, more than 100,000 adults in the greater Albuquerque area need literacy services.

Baca was illiterate at the age of 21 when he faced five to ten years behind bars for drug possession. While in prison, he taught himself to read and found his poetic voice.  He has received the American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, International Hispanic Heritage Award, and International Award. His acclaimed memoir, A Place to Stand, has been produced as a documentary film.  READ  MORE @


Two Monmouth residents honored at conference

Two Monmouth County residents – one from Howell and one from West Long Branch – were honored for their efforts to advance adult literacy at Literacy NJ’s annual conference on April 22.

Literacy NJ, which provides free adult literacy programs and U.S. citizenship classes in eight counties, presented the awards at its annual Literacy for Life Conference at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, according to a press release.

The event brought together 200 students, tutors, adult educators and board members from across the state for a day of professional development.

Adult literacy tutor Susan George of Howell received the 2017 Award for Tutor Excellence.

George started LV-Monmouth’s Project Success program in 2013. The program helps adults gain the skills needed to enroll in a General Educational Development (GED) or Adult Basic Education (ABE) course at the local community college.

Adult learner Justin Farro of West Long Branch received Literacy NJ’s 2017 Student Excellence Award.

Farro struggled with learning difficulties as a child, but never lost his desire to learn. He came to Literacy Volunteers-Monmouth in 2015 to improve his writing and math skills. Farro recently achieved his goal of writing a letter to a friend using correct spelling and punctuation, according to the press release.

Literacy NJ’s statewide network provides free instruction in reading, writing, math and speaking English to more than 5,700 adults each year.  READ MORE @

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