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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...

National Flag Day

Happy Flag Day! As we celebrate Flag Day, let us not forget the importance of education in maintaining the freedoms and liberty that our flag stands for. “Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” ~ Kofi Annan   ...

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...

“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...

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...