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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...

It’s the family that makes the difference

This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. So it is fitting to kick off the week with an article on the importance family plays in education. If you missed Mareen Downey’s article in the Richmond Times Dispatch last week, It’s the family that makes the difference, it’s worth reading. The article reviews the findings of a...

International Literacy Day, 8 September 2018

By Robert (Bob) Craig, READ Center adult literacy tutor and PhD student in Education According to the UNESCO web page, since 1967 International Literacy Day has been celebrated annually around the world “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.”  As we approach this year’s International Literacy Day (8 September 2018), I would like to share some thoughts about...

2018 Trivia Bee Buzz

2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzz

The 2018 Great Richmond Trivia Bee was a great success! Richmond’s best team-based trivia competition, #RVATriviaBee, was held on Wednesday, April 25th at The Hippodrome. The Trivia Bee is also The READ Center’s signature fundraising event. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry called the Trivia Bee to order, and resolved its commencement. From there, emcees Kat Simons of Mix981 Richmond and Christina Feerick of WRIC Chanel 8News kept the fun going through out the evening. Event participants and donors helped raise more than $38,000 for READ! The...

READ Center student writing

READ Center Widens the World for Adults – A Message from Our Founder, Jean Proffitt

What would your world be like if you could not read? It would be very small, very stressful, and very sad. In 1977, I discovered that 23 million American and 52,000 Richmond-area adults couldn’t read. I was overwhelmed and couldn’t believe it. I spent 38 years of my professional life at the University of Richmond. I didn’t know anyone who couldn’t read — at least, I didn’t think I did. I spent the next decade reading, researching, and discovering all I could...

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...

Great Richmond Trivia Bee

The Great Richmond Trivia Bee Buzzes In

Q. What is the hottest game show in Richmond that also supports a great cause? A. The Great Richmond Trivia Bee! The Trivia Bee, a fundraiser for The READ Center, is Wednesday, April 25th 7pm to 9pm at the Hippodrome. It’s a team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature and showing off how smart they are. READ changed the format from a spelling bee to a trivia bee last year and it was...

Diversity & Inclusion at READ

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...

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The READ Center

An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! An Irish Blessing for you: May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. Read more Irish Blessings Wishing you many blessings this St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the year. Thank you for

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy recently released its 2016-2017 Annual Statistical Report of adult literacy programs across the United States. Here is how The READ Center compares: When it comes to gender, READ and the nation align pretty closely. READ serves more female students than male, and a strong majority of our volunteers are female also. READ serves a higher number of African American/Black students than the national percentage. This could be because many of the other organizations surveyed provide English as a Second Language classes,...