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.  ...

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...
READ Center Student News January 2018

Student News: Citizenship, President’s Day, and Black History Month

We wanted to give you the inside scoop about some of our students’ stories and what they’re reading this month: Citizenship Most READ Center students are native speakers who need literacy assistance. We do have some English Language Learners in our classes with the goal of citizenship. Last year, Adama, a native of Senegal, became a US citizen. This year we welcome Dewin as a new US citizen! From READ Center Teacher, Carolyn Harsh: READ Center student Dewin passed her citizenship test! She will be...

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...

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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...