student stories

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...

READ Center Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? I started volunteering March 2016 so over 2 1/2 years. What is your current volunteer role? Tutor in class. What motivates you to work with READ? Being able to read is such an important part of my life, I cannot imagine not having that skill so I want to help others learn to read. Do you have a favorite memory of volunteering with READ? At the end of my first class, the group I had been working with...

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...

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...

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...

The READ Center

Throwback Thursday – READ Students Share Their Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is READ’s newsletter for and by students. For many READ students, The Student Voice marks the first time they’re seeing their stories in print. Their words will make you think, laugh, cry, and cheer. Here are just a few stories that have been shared over the years: Life In A Child Eyes! by Brenda M. There is no fear in a child’s eyes. Everything sparkles and shines in their eyes. Looking in their eyes you see lots of joy, happiness...

READ Center Student News January 2018

Student News: Citizenship, President’s Day, and Black History Month

We wanted to give you the inside scoop about some of our students’ stories and what they’re reading this month: Citizenship Most READ Center students are native speakers who need literacy assistance. We do have some English Language Learners in our classes with the goal of citizenship. Last year, Adama, a native of Senegal, became a US citizen. This year we welcome Dewin as a new US citizen! From READ Center Teacher, Carolyn Harsh: READ Center student Dewin passed her citizenship test! She will be...

William Mitchell, a READ Center student

William Mitchell is All Smiles: A READ Center Student Story

‘Tis the season for inspirational stories of hope. That’s why we’re sharing one of our favorites, that of READ Center student William Mitchell. Re-posted from an article by Bill Lohmann of  The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mitchell arrived at the center reading at about the first-grade level. His childhood proved to be pretty much a loss academically. As a kid, Mitchell was big for his age, and he stuttered, making him an easy target to be picked on. He did more fighting than...

72,000 Reasons to Support Adult Literacy on Giving Tuesday

72,000+ Reasons Why We Participate in Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday. CBS put it best: “It’s like Cyber Monday for Charities.” There are over 72,000 reasons, one for every adult in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield who cannot read well, to give to The READ Center on Giving Tuesday. By showing your support, you’re helping adults in our area attend classes and receive tutoring free of charge so they can improve their quality of life. Just about every cause you care about starts with literacy –...

Why We're Thankful

Why We’re Thankful: READ Center Students, Tutors, and Teachers Share Their Stories

Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share what we’re thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Some include eating turkey, watching football, and decorating for Christmas. Our favorite tradition is sharing what we’re thankful for. We’re thankful for our teachers, who lead classes and create curriculum to help our students learn. We’re thankful for our tutors, who volunteer their time to mentor and guide our students as they work to achieve their goals. We’re thankful for our amazing students,...