A new year brings new hope, new dreams, and new resolutions. The first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year got off to a good start. As we ended the first semester and 2018, here are some READ Center highlights:

  • 81 students received 2,736 hours of instruction.
  • 113 volunteer tutors contributed 1,531 hours of time and caring.
  • In November, 8 student representatives met as the first READ Center Student Council.
  • 1 student earned her Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) certification and another passed her Medication Aide course.
  • 156 student goals were reached.

As we look forward to the spring semester which begins today, one of the most important items on our “To Do” list is to find tutors for 15 students who are waiting for one-to-one tutors. While some of these students are attending class until a tutor can be found, most are patiently waiting for a tutor.

Student registrations also begin today. More students who need literacy help will be coming in for assessments and assistance. We want to help each and everyone reach their literacy goals. To do so, we need more tutors.

36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level. In metro Richmond, more than 72,000 adults struggle. At The READ Center, we believe one adult who cannot read well is one too many. If you believe that everyone needs and deserves a literate life, think about becoming a volunteer tutor.

The READ Center wishes everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!