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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...

Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

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...

Making a Difference Today and in the Future: A Literacy Legacy – The Walsh Memorial Fund

One Christmas, almost twenty years ago, the Walsh family discussed making donations to charity in lieu of a gift exchange. What resulted is a series of legacy gifts to The READ Center that have helped hundreds of adults improve their literacy skills over the years. “Literacy has always been important to my family. My parents encouraged me to read as a child, a passion that continues today. It’s a skill that I took for granted,” said Mike Walsh. Walsh is a...

READ Center student feedback

New Year and New Semester begins with a look back

It’s cold. Very cold. So, so very cold. However, READ Center teachers, tutors and students happily returned to classes this week. READ’s second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year is under way. But, before we get too far into the new semester, let’s review READ’s first semester. September 2017 kicked off an academic year filled with change and opportunity: READ changed to a trimester schedule which adds 5 additional weeks of instruction for students. So far, so good.  A new student assessment tool, Test for Adult Basic...

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s time to make your resolutions for 2018. Are you going to lose weight? Get a new job? Read more? Improve your finances? All great goals, but can you keep them? According to Forbes, just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. 80% of resolutions fail by February. There are many reasons why people fail – they set too many goals, get derailed or set very ambitious goals with no plan to achieve them. “My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts...
Dear Donors, My name is William. I want to thank all of you ladies and gentlemen for your support to the read center. the center has given me a chance late in life. thank all of you Willam

The Reason for the Season….

As we all rush around to complete our holiday shopping, cooking, wrapping of presents and travel, it is easy to forget just why we are doing all of those things. No matter your beliefs, this is the time of year for family, for giving, for kindness (even in mall parking lots!), for joy, hope, and peace. The READ Center is thankful to all who have kindly and generously given to support READ Center students’ efforts to improve their literacy skills. What better gifts can...

William Mitchell, a READ Center student

William Mitchell is All Smiles: A READ Center Student Story

‘Tis the season for inspirational stories of hope. That’s why we’re sharing one of our favorites, that of READ Center student William Mitchell. Re-posted from an article by Bill Lohmann of  The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mitchell arrived at the center reading at about the first-grade level. His childhood proved to be pretty much a loss academically. As a kid, Mitchell was big for his age, and he stuttered, making him an easy target to be picked on. He did more fighting than...

The Tutor Space Facebook Group

International Volunteer Day: A Celebration

December 5th is recognized by the United Nations as International Volunteer Day. To celebrate, we’re giving all of our current and past tutors a gift: a Facebook group! Without our volunteer tutors, READ could not exist. If you’re a soon to be tutor who just joined us for Orientation, we celebrate you. If you’re a tutor that has been volunteering with us for several years, we celebrate you. If you’re a former tutor that has moved on to other great...