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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...

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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,...

UN Day-READ Students from Around the World

UN Day: READ Students From Around the World

Tuesday, October 24th is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In honor of the UN’s important role as a force for good on a global scale, we are highlighting the many countries our adult literacy learners hail from. The majority of READ Center students are native English speakers, but we are proud of our ELL learners (English language learners*). READ students were born in: Colombia Egypt El Salvador Ethiopia Gambia Guatemala Jamaica Liberia Senegal Sudan Trinidad and Tobago Vietnam

Adult literacy students share their stories

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

While READ Center students may struggle with reading and writing, their stories in the Student Voice express their ideas, hopes and dreams very clearly. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. This reading center by Romi This reading center has helped me drastically I haven’t learned this much since I went to school. The reason I came here is to improve my readings skills. In...

READ Center students

Throwback Thursday – Student Voice Stories of Concern, Determination and Dreams

While READ Center students may struggle with reading and writing, their stories in the Student Voice express their ideas, hopes and dreams very clearly. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. What is change?   by Jessica Change is something different from what is. For example Africa-American heroes like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and also our President Bolrack Obama made changes but as we...