Adult Literacy Classes

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.” Denise with the...

What do Maya Angelou, Todd Beamer, Hector P. Garcia and The Four Chaplains have in common?

They are the titles of books READ Center students selected to read! The READ Center’s Cary Street class has been reading the Did You Know? series by 1000 Readers. The readers are broken into short easy to read information that is reinforced with fun activities. Each reader includes a glossary, interesting facts, reading, puzzles, highlights of achievements, sequencing of important events and basic math activities. The class has used the series to study Virginia history, civil rights leaders and sports figures. They liked the series...

Interesting novels, lively book discussion and enjoying reading…what more can you ask for?

By Carolyn Harsh, retired educator and READ Center teacher Finding content appropriate books for adults with low literacy can be a challenge. The Rapid Read novels, are short books for adult readers. They are intended for ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and those who want a good, quick read – which means they are great for READ Center students. The READ Center class at Seventh Street Christian Church are enjoying reading the books and sharing...

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...

Women of READ

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the important role women played in society and what they continue to contribute today. 79% of READ Center tutors and 80% of READ Center teachers are women. The READ Center is led by a board that is 69% female. Women are an important part of The READ Center. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— “Having grown up in a family where one of the parents was unable to read, I wanted to be a part of The READ Center in support...

Tutor Spotlight

1. How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? I began volunteering at the READ Center on November 1st, 2018. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  I’m a classroom tutor on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM in Ms. Leslie Harper’s class. 3. What motivates you to work with READ?  What motivates me to give back is the chance to help multiple students develop fundamental skills that I’ve frankly taken for granted over so many years. The READ...

Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? It will be five years in February. What is your current volunteer role? My current role with The Read Center is tutor. What motivates you to work with READ? Having a chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life, is what motivates me. Do you have a favorite memory of volunteering with READ? There have been so many fond memories that it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite. If you could encourage someone else to volunteer...

READing the Bible by Kay McCall

“I want to read this book more than anything else in this world, but it is just so hard.” “I think I’m going to quit my Sunday school class.  I keep getting called on to read, and everybody can see I can’t do it.” “I looked for Psalms in my Bible, but I couldn’t find it.  Psalms begins with an ‘S,’ right?” “I want to be a leader in my church, but I’ve got to be able to read this book.” READ Center Students...

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....