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Karen is READ's Executive Director.

“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...

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...

READ Center Offers Health Literacy Class

Health Literacy Could Mean Life or Death

A staggering number of Americans struggle with health literacy: Only 12 percent of adults have a high level of health literacy.* In “4 Cold Hard Facts About Health Literacy”, ProLiteracy frames the problem of health literacy and the issues around it. The blog does a great job of educating the public on the issues. What is not great is how many people have low health literacy, are harmed by it, and the immense cost low health literacy produces. A commonly accepted definition for...
Compliment Day at The READ Center

Today is a Great Day to Say Something Nice

Happy National Compliment Day! This is not an “official” holiday and it will probably not be recognized by many people. However, The READ Center is celebrating today. What is Compliment Day? According to the Holidays Calendar website, the “… purpose of this holiday is to say something nice to your friends, family, and co-workers. After all, giving out compliments not only makes the receiver happy and helps build up trust between that person and you, but studies have shown...

READ Center student feedback

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...

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s time to make your resolutions for 2018. Are you going to lose weight? Get a new job? Read more? Improve your finances? All great goals, but can you keep them? According to Forbes, just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. 80% of resolutions fail by February. There are many reasons why people fail – they set too many goals, get derailed or set very ambitious goals with no plan to achieve them. “My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts...
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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...

Thank You to All Who Have Served

Thank you to all active-duty military service members and veterans for your service and sacrifice. A History of Veterans Day: For 98 years, we have remembered those who served our country in uniform on November 11, first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs...