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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...

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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...

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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...

72,000 Reasons to Support Adult Literacy on Giving Tuesday

72,000+ Reasons Why We Participate in Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday. CBS put it best: “It’s like Cyber Monday for Charities.” There are over 72,000 reasons, one for every adult in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield who cannot read well, to give to The READ Center on Giving Tuesday. By showing your support, you’re helping adults in our area attend classes and receive tutoring free of charge so they can improve their quality of life. Just about every cause you care about starts with literacy –...

Why We're Thankful

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

Happy Thanksgiving! 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 to achieve their goals. We’re thankful for our amazing students,...

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...