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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...

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...

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...