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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...

Workers Replaced By Automation? Literacy has the power to help in the age of technology.

“Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.” In the recently published Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Will robots take your job? Quarter of U.S. workers at risk, Brookings estimates that 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation – meaning at least 70% of their tasks could soon be performed by machines using current technology. It will come...

Tutor Spotlight

After retiring I made a decision to volunteer and give back to society.  A person I knew once said, “If you are not giving back to society, you are just taking space.”  I have had the pleasure of working on committees at church, reading to kindergarteners, mentoring elementary school students, data entry at Red Cross, Senior Medicare Patrol, and project: Homes building ramps for low-income handicapped persons which I enjoyed most. Next to building the ramps I have found the most...

Black History Month – How it got started and events and activities to celebrate

Negro History Week was first celebrated in February 1926 during a week which encompassed Frederick Douglas’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The week was the result of the work of Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, who believed “that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over justice”.  The celebration and study of the contributions of African Americans to our country and the world continued and grew. Fifty years after the first celebration in 1976, the first African American History Month was held....

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:...

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...

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...

Shh (It’s a Secret)

Class field trip to the Secret Sandwich Society By Don Wilms, retired educator and READ Center teacher How do you get to know your way around?  Explore, of course.  My students knew how to get from their homes to class, but couldn’t name streets or intersections or tell me how many blocks to their bus stop.  I figured I could at least solve this problem for the area surrounding the Franklin Library, where my classes are held. During our summer semester I floated...

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...