Student Stories

Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice, a publication by READ Center students and for READ Center students, is published twice each year.  Writing is hard for READ Center students, often harder than learning to read. However, our students take great pride in creating their articles for The Student Voice. Here are excerpts from past Student Voice editions. A new edition will be published later this month. Enjoy! Reading is Self Confidence Through Life  By J. T. Sharing knowledge and helping other people to have...

How do you help people who don’t want to be found?

This question was asked in a recent article about a woman, Denise O’Neal, who is sharing her literacy struggles in the hopes it will help others get the help they need. Denise did not begin her advocacy for adult literacy willingly. “For most of her life, Denise O’Neal did a good job hiding her secret from the world. Then in 2006, when she struggled to read a Dr. Seuss book to her 3-year-old son, her secret was out. ...

Stories from the Student Voice

The Student Voice is a newsletter of articles, poems and stories written by READ Center students.  Writing gives READ Center students the opportunity to express their ideas, hopes, and dreams. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. Life Is All Around Us By: Anonymous, Summer 2011 While walking through a field of flowers, strolling through the forest, playing at the beach, or driving your car in the city: all of these...

My Mother by Dempsey

READ students come from diverse backgrounds and each has a unique story to tell. Their stories are frequently compelling, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring. Dempsey, a READ Center student, was asked by one of his teachers to write a story for The READ Center’s blog. This is his story.   My Mother by Dempsey My mother was a strong lady.  She had five children and she loved us a lot.  I remember my daddy left us when I was five years old.  My mother...

Diki the Dinosaur

Twice each year The READ Center publishes The Student Voice with stories written by READ Center students. Research shows when students receive writing instruction, their reading fluency and comprehension improves. While writing helps with critical literacy skills, it also gives students the opportunity to express their ideas, opinions, hopes, feelings, and creativity. In the Spring 2018 Student Voice, one of the most read stories has been Diki the Dinosaur. Diki was written by READ student Stephen S., a talented storyteller and...

Throwback Thursday – Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is a newsletter of articles, poems and stories written by READ Center students. Writing is an important part of literacy instruction. Students become better readers, writers and thinkers when reading and writing activities are woven together. Writing gives READ Center student opportunities to express their ideas, hopes, dreams, and sometimes pain and sadness. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. How I Survived Without Reading  By:...

The READ Center Helps Adults Map a Path to Literacy

Last week, READ Center teacher Janet led a discussion about the famous Captain John Smith. After reading Smith’s biography in an easy-to-read information book that included, fun facts, trivia, and activities. The class then began a short lesson on the history of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, Virginia. In addition to learning about Jamestown and John Smith, READ students also had a lesson on world geography. With a world map in front of them, they navigated...

America Has A Major Financial Literacy Problem – even for those who read well

Did you know? 2/3 of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test. 44% of Americans don’t have enough cash to cover a $400 emergency. 43% of student loan borrowers are not making payments. 38% of U.S. households have credit card debt. On average, they owe $16,048. 33% of American adults have $0 saved for retirement. These statistics are from a recent Forbes article on how badly America is failing at financial literacy. They are for all Americans not just for those who have literacy problems....

My Life Struggles with Reading by Joanna Ford

  I am a middle-aged woman who struggled with reading and writing for a long time.  Although I am a high school graduate, I still have trouble reading.  I did not understand how important those two things were until later in life.  When I heard about the Read Center I decided to attend. It has been ten years and I am still attending the Read Center.  It has help me appreciate the value of reading.  Without the Read Center I don’t thing...

April is National Poetry Month

Haiku Poems From READ Students for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is one of many mediums READ students have used to share their stories in our student newsletter, The Student Voice. The following are some of our students’ haiku poems from a past edition. by Dorothy H. The grass is lovely. I must mow it tomorrow. It might snow tonight. by Lauren P. It’s cold and I wait For someone to give me a smile To warm me up now. by Tim W. A man was running. He was running for the bus. Then he...