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My Mother by Dempsey

READ students come from diverse backgrounds and each has a unique story to tell. Their stories are frequently compelling, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring. Dempsey, a READ Center student, was asked by one of his teachers to write a story for The READ Center’s blog. This is his story.   My Mother by Dempsey My mother was a strong lady.  She had five children and she loved us a lot.  I remember my daddy left us when I was five years old.  My mother...

Women of READ

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the important role women played in society and what they continue to contribute today. 79% of READ Center tutors and 80% of READ Center teachers are women. The READ Center is led by a board that is 69% female. Women are an important part of The READ Center. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— “Having grown up in a family where one of the parents was unable to read, I wanted to be a part of The READ Center in support...

Tutor Spotlight

1. How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? I began volunteering at the READ Center on November 1st, 2018. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  I’m a classroom tutor on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM in Ms. Leslie Harper’s class. 3. What motivates you to work with READ?  What motivates me to give back is the chance to help multiple students develop fundamental skills that I’ve frankly taken for granted over so many years. The READ...

Diki the Dinosaur

Twice each year The READ Center publishes The Student Voice with stories written by READ Center students. Research shows when students receive writing instruction, their reading fluency and comprehension improves. While writing helps with critical literacy skills, it also gives students the opportunity to express their ideas, opinions, hopes, feelings, and creativity. In the Spring 2018 Student Voice, one of the most read stories has been Diki the Dinosaur. Diki was written by READ student Stephen S., a talented storyteller and...

Workers Replaced By Automation? Literacy has the power to help in the age of technology.

“Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.” In the recently published Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Will robots take your job? Quarter of U.S. workers at risk, Brookings estimates that 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation – meaning at least 70% of their tasks could soon be performed by machines using current technology. It will come...

Tutor Spotlight

After retiring I made a decision to volunteer and give back to society.  A person I knew once said, “If you are not giving back to society, you are just taking space.”  I have had the pleasure of working on committees at church, reading to kindergarteners, mentoring elementary school students, data entry at Red Cross, Senior Medicare Patrol, and project: Homes building ramps for low-income handicapped persons which I enjoyed most. Next to building the ramps I have found the most...

Black History Month – How it got started and events and activities to celebrate

Negro History Week was first celebrated in February 1926 during a week which encompassed Frederick Douglas’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The week was the result of the work of Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, who believed “that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over justice”.  The celebration and study of the contributions of African Americans to our country and the world continued and grew. Fifty years after the first celebration in 1976, the first African American History Month was held....

Throwback Thursday – Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is a newsletter of articles, poems and stories written by READ Center students. Writing is an important part of literacy instruction. Students become better readers, writers and thinkers when reading and writing activities are woven together. Writing gives READ Center student opportunities to express their ideas, hopes, dreams, and sometimes pain and sadness. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. How I Survived Without Reading  By:...

Tutor Spotlight

1. How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? After retiring in 2015, I immediately contacted the Read Center and enrolled in the first available tutor training classes. I knew this was something I wanted to do for quite a while. I am very happy to be a part of this relevant and important organization. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  Because of the various program opportunities available, I began tutoring at St. Phillips...

Say Goodbye To 2018 And Hello To 2019

A new year brings new hope, new dreams, and new resolutions. The first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year got off to a good start. As we ended the first semester and 2018, here are some READ Center highlights: 81 students received 2,736 hours of instruction. 113 volunteer tutors contributed 1,531 hours of time and caring. In November, 8 student representatives met as the first READ Center Student Council. 1 student earned her Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) certification and another passed her Medication Aide course. 156 student goals were...