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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...

“We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance.”

Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military. In 1971, Memorial Day...

You are just an adult education teacher….

Last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week. During the week READ Center teachers were recognized by READ board members and management with flowers, gift cards and other gifts. Below is a poem from COABE Region 2 Representative Tracy Noles that we posted on our Facebook page.  These kind and appropriate words demonstrate the impact READ teachers have on our students. We thought it was worth another read and another day of recognition for all READ Center teachers do. You’re just an adult...

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...

READ Center student writing

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...

READ Center Volunteers are THE BEST!

There are times when words seem inadequate to express the gratitude felt to those who has given so much. This is one of those times. The staff and students of The READ Center humbly and gratefully recognize and thank past and present volunteers – board members,  tutors, testers, office volunteers and more. You have helped to build an organization that changes lives through literacy. Thank you for all you done and for all you continue to do. Happy National Volunteer Month to all who...

Diversity & Inclusion at READ

READ Educators Participate in Diversity & Inclusion Training

The READ Center recently collaborated with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to provide a Diversity and Inclusion training for tutors and teachers. At The READ Center, we pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment for our students to learn and volunteers to tutor. When groups of people from different backgrounds come together, as they often do at READ, it’s an opportunity for all to learn, grow, and respect one another, but sometimes challenges arise. The training asked each participant to...

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy recently released its 2016-2017 Annual Statistical Report of adult literacy programs across the United States. Here is how The READ Center compares: When it comes to gender, READ and the nation align pretty closely. READ serves more female students than male, and a strong majority of our volunteers are female also. READ serves a higher number of African American/Black students than the national percentage. This could be because many of the other organizations surveyed provide English as a Second Language classes,...

Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work is a beacon of hope for the future of education. Martin Luther King, Jr. and contemporary civil rights leaders have made great strides since the civil rights movement began more than 50 years ago. However, there is still work to be done to expand educational equity and opportunity to minority students. An Education Department report that surveyed “50 million students in 95,000 schools during the 2013-2014 school year showed that African-American and Latino students still lag...

Dear Donors, My name is William. I want to thank all of you ladies and gentlemen for your support to the read center. the center has given me a chance late in life. thank all of you Willam

The Reason for the Season….

As we all rush around to complete our holiday shopping, cooking, wrapping of presents and travel, it is easy to forget just why we are doing all of those things. No matter your beliefs, this is the time of year for family, for giving, for kindness (even in mall parking lots!), for joy, hope, and peace. The READ Center is thankful to all who have kindly and generously given to support READ Center students’ efforts to improve their literacy skills. What better gifts can...