Adult Literacy

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. ...

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...

2019 Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzz

The 2019 Great Richmond Trivia Bee was a hit with a record 56 teams competing! “My team had SO much fun at the Trivia Bee last night!  We all agreed that it was the most fun we’ve ever had a fundraising event.  We will definitely be back next year.”  Richmond’s best team-based trivia competition, #RVATriviaBee, was held on Wednesday, April 24th at The Hippodrome. Teams, donors and volunteers raised $45,000 to support The READ Center’s adult literacy programs. Thank you to Trivia Bee...

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...

Discovering Richmond

Class field trip to the American Civil War Museum  By Don Wilms, retired educator and READ Center teacher Hold on! President Grant got a speeding ticket in the 1870’s? Driving a horse-drawn carriage in D.C.? Yup. Upon questioning my class, after reading the Grant article in News for You in January, I realized that no one knew who Grant was before he was president, what war he fought in, what that war was fought over, or who the President was during that war.  By now,...

Thank you to all READ Center Volunteers

Thank you READ Center Volunteers! Volunteers come to The READ Center because of their love of reading and their desire to help people in their community. They stay because of the passion they develop for helping people achieve their literacy goals and the relationships they develop with READ students.   “I have done literacy tutoring in the past and it was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done.” – Joshua “I have a strong desire to spread...

Redesigning Volunteer Training

Since July 2018, READ tutors have volunteered over 5,000 hours which equates to about 20 hours per day of volunteer service. We are so grateful to our more than 100 current volunteers and amazed by the number of individuals in the community who contact us each week to become a volunteer. On average, READ receives 10 volunteer interest forms a week from individuals who read about our work in the newspaper or social media, or who know a current volunteer who...

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...