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A Friend in Disguise

Growing up in Farmville, VA, an area where education was stalled to combat integration in public schools during Massive Resistance, John, a 72-year-old African American male, reads at a 3rd-grade level. Although he cannot change the actions of the past, John is determined not to become a victim of the misfortunes he faced growing up. On his 60th birthday, John decided he would like to obtain his GED. After joining a tutoring session, John met a gentleman who at first...
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READ Educators Participate in Diversity & Inclusion Training

The READ Center recently collaborated with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to provide a Diversity and Inclusion training for tutors and teachers. At The READ Center, we pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment for our students to learn and volunteers to tutor. When groups of people from different backgrounds come together, as they often do at READ, it’s an opportunity for all to learn, grow, and respect one another, but sometimes challenges arise. The training asked each participant to...

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The Education of Washington and Lincoln

Monday, February 19th is Presidents’ Day Today is Presidents’ Day.  Established in recognition of President George Washington in 1885, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day in the 1970’s and is viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February, is often viewed as our “best” president. He held the Union together through a civil war that saw more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...
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UN Day: READ Students From Around the World

Tuesday, October 24th is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In honor of the UN’s important role as a force for good on a global scale, we are highlighting the many countries our adult literacy learners hail from. The majority of READ Center students are native English speakers, but we are proud of our ELL learners (English language learners*). READ students were born in: Colombia Egypt El Salvador Ethiopia Gambia Guatemala Jamaica Liberia Senegal Sudan Trinidad and Tobago Vietnam