Reading

Why has adult ed come to mean only high school completion and college entry, when there is such a critical need for beginning-reading programs?

It’s a great question and one we ask often at The READ Center. A recent Proliteracy blog provides some answers and raises even more questions. “There are 36 million Americans reading below a third-grade level. The non-reading adult is all but unemployable, severely hampered in his or her ability to navigate the digital world—never mind something as basic as public transportation or a utility bill. Recent calculations have suggested that for every dollar invested in literacy programs, $5 is saved in...

A Friend in Disguise

Growing up in Farmville, VA, an area where education was stalled to combat integration in public schools during Massive Resistance, John, a 72-year-old African American male, reads at a 3rd-grade level. Although he cannot change the actions of the past, John is determined not to become a victim of the misfortunes he faced growing up. On his 60th birthday, John decided he would like to obtain his GED. After joining a tutoring session, John met a gentleman who at first...
2018 Trivia Bee Buzz

2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzz

The 2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee was a great success! Richmond’s best team-based trivia competition, #RVATriviaBee, was held on Wednesday, April 25th at The Hippodrome. The Trivia Bee is also The READ Center’s signature fundraising event. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry called the Trivia Bee to order, and resolved its commencement. From there, emcees Kat Simons of Mix981 Richmond and Christina Feerick of WRIC Chanel 8News kept the fun going through out the evening. Event participants and donors helped raise more than $38,000 for READ! The...

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READ Center Widens the World for Adults – A Message from Our Founder, Jean Proffitt

What would your world be like if you could not read? It would be very small, very stressful, and very sad. In 1977, I discovered that 23 million American and 52,000 Richmond-area adults couldn’t read. I was overwhelmed and couldn’t believe it. I spent 38 years of my professional life at the University of Richmond. I didn’t know anyone who couldn’t read — at least, I didn’t think I did. I spent the next decade reading, researching, and discovering all I could...

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The READ Center

An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! An Irish Blessing for you: May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. Read more Irish Blessings Wishing you many blessings this St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the year. Thank you for

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Throwback Thursday – READ Students Share Their Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is READ’s newsletter for and by students. For many READ students, The Student Voice marks the first time they’re seeing their stories in print. Their words will make you think, laugh, cry, and cheer. Here are just a few stories that have been shared over the years: Life In A Child Eyes! by Brenda M. There is no fear in a child’s eyes. Everything sparkles and shines in their eyes. Looking in their eyes you see lots of joy, happiness...

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The Education of Washington and Lincoln

Monday, February 19th is Presidents’ Day Today is Presidents’ Day.  Established in recognition of President George Washington in 1885, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day in the 1970’s and is viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February, is often viewed as our “best” president. He held the Union together through a civil war that saw more...

READ Center Valentine's

7 Literary Valentine’s Greetings To Share

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine to send to that special someone? We found some clever book-inspired Valentine’s we thought you’d enjoy. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7:  —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Thank you for showing your love to The READ Center. Your support means the world to our students.  ...

READ Center Student News January 2018

Student News: Citizenship, President’s Day, and Black History Month

We wanted to give you the inside scoop about some of our students’ stories and what they’re reading this month: Citizenship Most READ Center students are native speakers who need literacy assistance. We do have some English Language Learners in our classes with the goal of citizenship. Last year, Adama, a native of Senegal, became a US citizen. This year we welcome Dewin as a new US citizen! From READ Center Teacher, Carolyn Harsh: READ Center student Dewin passed her citizenship test! She will be...

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New Year and New Semester begins with a look back

It’s cold. Very cold. So, so very cold. However, READ Center teachers, tutors and students happily returned to classes this week. READ’s second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year is under way. But, before we get too far into the new semester, let’s review READ’s first semester. September 2017 kicked off an academic year filled with change and opportunity: READ changed to a trimester schedule which adds 5 additional weeks of instruction for students. So far, so good.  A new student assessment tool, Test for Adult Basic...