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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,...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Teach the Parent

The Weight of the World is Off My Shoulders

September 24 – September 30 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Watch as a mom shares her secret to her family after years of not being able to read. According to ProLiteracy, a mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors such as neighborhood and family income. By supporting The READ Center, you help stop the cycle of low-literacy among families in Richmond. Donate now.  ...

Help The READ Center Go Out of Business

Help The READ Center Go Out of Business

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is September 24 – September 30. Why should you care? Literacy touches on just about every social issue that we all care about, like health care, education, justice, poverty, and even domestic violence. If you could only read as well as a third grader, what would it be like to apply for a job? If you couldn’t do basic math, what would it be like to pay your bills each month? There are...

READ Center students

Throwback Thursday – Student Voice Stories of Concern, Determination and Dreams

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. What is change?   by Jessica Change is something different from what is. For example Africa-American heroes like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and also our President Bolrack Obama made changes but as we...

International Literacy Day READ Center

International Literacy Day is September 8

UNESCO has dedicated September 8 as International Literacy Day. Imagine trying to get through the day without knowing how to use your mobile phone, an ATM, or a self-check out line. Now imagine that you also struggle to read. “Literacy in a digital world” is the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day. We know that you cannot be truly literate without digital skills. That’s why The READ Center will include digital learning in our curriculum this year. One...

First Day Back to School? Let's have a test

It’s Back to School Time for Adult Learners Too

Who’s excited to go back to school? Like most students in the area, READ Center learners will begin classes on September 5. However, that is where the similarities to other students ends. What is different about READ Center students? We associate learning to read and write with early childhood, but for many it remains a life long battle. Our students come to READ voluntarily to improve their literacy skills and their lives. Without these skills, adults struggle to take part in the world around them...

Neighborhood Assist State Farm

Help The READ Center Win a $25,000 Grant!

The READ Center is one of 200 organizations nationwide that has been selected to compete for $25,000 in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. The 40 organizations with the most votes in the contest will receive $25,000! Voting is now live! Voting takes place online August 16-August 25. You have 10 votes EACH day of the contest. Please cast them all for READ and vote EVERY DAY! Voting begins on August 16. You will receive reminders to vote during...

Celebrate Book Lovers Day Adult Literacy

5 Ways to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

Wednesday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! How will you celebrate? Here are some ideas: Visit one of Richmond’s many local bookstores: Fountain Bookstore, Chop Suey Books, Book People, Black Swan Books, and more! Per Book People’s Facebook event, for every book you buy, you receive a free gift. Join a book club. Our tutor book club has been reading “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail”.  Dr. David Coogan compiled...

READ Center tutor and student

Just Two Hours a Week Can Change a Life

A glimpse of the impact volunteer tutors have on our students’ lives… Success stories from our classes “Alicia’s goals were to improve her reading, enhance her writing, increase her word knowledge, and possibly enroll in a college course. Since coming to class, she reports that she feels better about her reading ability. She stated she is no longer uncomfortable presenting information to her work colleagues. She is working on enrolling in her first college class this fall.” “Allan wanted to read to his...

Fall of the James

Summer Happenings in Richmond

Events and Programs in the Community Summer is here! Looking for something to do? Here are some programs available in the area to enjoy until READ’s regular classes begin again in September: Are you an aspiring artist? The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has classes for adults and provides tuition assistance. Richmond Public Library has a Summer Reading Challenge: Adults who read five books by August 12 and turn in their log will earn a bag, a...