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Why We're Thankful

Why We’re Thankful: READ Center Students, Tutors, and Teachers Share Their Stories

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Giving Tuesday not far behind, we wanted to share what we’re thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Some include eating turkey, watching football, and decorating for Christmas. Our favorite tradition is sharing what we’re thankful for. We’re thankful for our teachers, who lead classes and create curriculum to help our students learn. We’re thankful for our tutors, who volunteer their time to mentor and guide our students as they work...

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...

Don't forget to vote cartoon

Exercise Your Right: Vote!

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln If you are like me and many other citizens, the election cannot come soon enough to put an end to the political ads on TV! But, what if that was your main source of information? What if you did not read well enough to learn about candidates’ policies...
UN Day-READ Students from Around the World

UN Day: READ Students From Around the World

Tuesday, October 24th is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In honor of the UN’s important role as a force for good on a global scale, we are highlighting the many countries our adult literacy learners hail from. The majority of READ Center students are native English speakers, but we are proud of our ELL learners (English language learners*). READ students were born in: Colombia Egypt El Salvador Ethiopia Gambia Guatemala Jamaica Liberia Senegal Sudan Trinidad and Tobago Vietnam

Happy National Boss's Day

Happy National Boss’s Day!

The History of Boss’s Day: Boss’s Day is October 16. “Boss’ Day was created by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958, when she registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce while working as a secretary at State Farm Insurance. The date she selected was her father’s birthday, due in no small part to the fact that she was working for him at the time. She felt that the work her father did was rarely recognized. Employees rarely showed appreciation for these...

The READ Report Fall 2017

Hot Off the Press: READ Center Report Card

Check out the latest edition of READ’s quarterly newsletter, The Report Card. The Report Card is The READ Center’s print newsletter, and is mailed out to READ tutors and supporters. In this issue: We recap Read Between the Wines. Be sure to check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for details about The Great Richmond Trivia Bee, READ’s spring special event. Teams raise money to compete in a fun trivia competition,...

Adult literacy students share their stories

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

While READ Center students may struggle with reading and writing, their stories in the Student Voice express their ideas, hopes and dreams very clearly. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. This reading center by Romi This reading center has helped me drastically I haven’t learned this much since I went to school. The reason I came here is to improve my readings skills. In...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2017

Support Adult Literacy Year-Round

Adult Education and Family Literacy week ends tomorrow, but your support of adult literacy doesn’t have to. It’s been a great week at The READ Center! Mayor Levar Stoney issued a proclamation. Students, tutors, and teachers wrote letters to Editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, two of which have been published (so far!). The Henrico Citizen published an article online. Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean of VCU’s School of Education, produced a video about AEFL Week. Students have...

Literacy Changes Lives

September 24 – September 30 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Tonight, invited guests will hear from authors of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” at Read Between the Wines. The authors are former prisoners who have used the power of writing to heal themselves. READ Center students are learning to read well to improve their quality of life. Both have faced challenges in life that they are meeting head-on with renewed optimism. When adults improve their literacy skills,...

Mayor Stoney Issues Proclamation

City of Richmond Proclamation: National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

September 24 – September 30, 2017 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Read Mayor Levar Stoney’s Proclamation below. Transcript: WHEREAS, The Reading and Education for Adult Development (READ) Center is a community-based nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities to adults with low-level reading and communication skills; and WHEREAS, READ was founded as the Literacy Council of Metropolitan Richmond in 1982 by Altrusa International Richmond, Inc., a professional women’s business service club and became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1984; and WHEREAS, in the City of Richmond,...