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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...

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...

April is National Poetry Month

Haiku Poems From READ Students for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is one of many mediums READ students have used to share their stories in our student newsletter, The Student Voice. The following are some of our students’ haiku poems from a past edition. by Dorothy H. The grass is lovely. I must mow it tomorrow. It might snow tonight. by Lauren P. It’s cold and I wait For someone to give me a smile To warm me up now. by Tim W. A man was running. He was running for the bus. Then he...

Great Richmond Trivia Bee

The Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzzes In

Q. What is the hottest game show in Richmond that also supports a great cause? A. The Great Richmond Trivia Bee! The Trivia Bee, a fundraiser for The READ Center, is Wednesday, April 25th 7pm to 9pm at the Hippodrome. It’s a team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature and showing off how smart they are. READ changed the format from a spelling bee to a trivia bee last year and it was...

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...

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

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,...

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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.  ...