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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...

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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...

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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...

It Was a Good Year for The READ Center

In 2016 – 2017 The READ Center: Served 204 students. 46 more people who needed READ services received them this year. Published two Student Voices, a publication for and by READ Center students, and two READ Report Card newsletters. You can read the publications under the News tab. Received 5,895 volunteer hours from tutors.  The value of these volunteer hours was $142,305. Donors, individuals, businesses, foundations and civic organizations, gave more than $440,000 to support READ Center educational programs and initiatives. This is one of the times...

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The State of The READ Center June 2017

The READ Center has gone through significant changes in the past two years – a new executive director, new staff, new office space, new databases, new logo, new programs, ideas and initiatives. What has not changed, is READ’s commitment to provide the best adult literacy services to as many students as possible. We believe everyone needs and deserves a literate life. The READ Center completed a scope of services review in March. Because of these efforts, our definition of literacy has...

Love to read. Pass it on by becoming a tutor.

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” ~Erma Bombeck I love to read. It’s why joined The READ Center. I cannot imagine what my life would have been, would be, if I could not read. I would certainly not have graduated from JMU (Go Dukes!) or be the executive director for The READ Center. My entire life would be different. How about you? Do...

Johanna’s Story: Beyond “What If”

I am a middle-aged woman who struggled with reading and writing for a long time. Although I have a high school diploma, I did not understand how important reading and writing were in life until I got out of school. By this time  I realized I had a reading problem it was too late to do anything about it because I was about to graduate in two weeks. I graduated with a C average. For a couple of years.  I just...

Rai$e for READ On September 27 and 28!

Most of us had a special educator in our lives,a teacher, tutor, mentor or coach, who made a difference. They put us on the right track. They helped us when we needed it. They supported our failures and cheered our successes. They made sure that we able to read, write and succeed in school and life. On September 27 and 28, The READ Center will honor and recognize READ Center teachers and tutors who support our students in their learning and...

Johanna’s Story Part 2: It Hit Home

I attended the READ Center Spelling Bee. The speaker was a READ Center student who had struggled with reading throughout his childhood. I listened to the M.C. read out some of his struggles and how it hit home for me, a student also at the READ Center. I can relate to having to settle with a low paying job because of my reading. I took a job working with kids because of their ages and I didn’t have to read to...