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Volunteer  Appreciation Week 2021: Celebrating Our Volunteers
April 14, 2021April 14, 2021
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Volunteer Appreciation Week 2021: Celebrating Our Volunteers

The Literacy Council is celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week April 18-24 by paying tribute to our 150+ wonderful long-time and new volunteers!  You know what it takes to serve our community seven days a week.  Whether you are volunteering in the office (remotely now!), coordinating our programs, tutoring your students weekly, teaching classes, serving as a...

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Patrick Kennedy
April 11, 2021April 14, 2021
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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Patrick Kennedy

People … contribute to the larger society and that is a bit like throwing a pebble into a pond.  It is rewarding. Patrick Kennedy (Pat) sought out the Literacy Council after retiring in 2012 from his work with Health and Human Services and the Social Securities Administration. Pat’s wife, Therese, referred him to the Literacy...

Learner Spotlight: Meet Marina
April 9, 2021April 9, 2021
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Learner Spotlight: Meet Marina

Welcome to our monthly Learner Spotlight! We invite you to meet Marina, one of our students who will be featured each month in our new “Learner Spotlight”.  Adult  learners will represent all of the Literacy Council’s programs, including authors from Reflections: Voices of English Learners, the Literacy Council’s literary magazine featuring student writing, as well...

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Flavia Abele
March 8, 2021March 10, 2021
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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Flavia Abele

“The way she acts makes me feel that she cares about me” Flavia Abele joined the Literacy Council in 2019 as a volunteer, helping weekly in the office as one of the core volunteer team to welcome adult learners and tutors as they arrived at the office, answer telephone inquiries, and help support day-to-day operations....

Learner Spotlight: Meet Amilcar
March 7, 2021March 10, 2021
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Learner Spotlight: Meet Amilcar

Welcome to our new monthly Learner Spotlight! We invite you to meet Amilcar, one of our students who will be featured each month in our new “Learner Spotlight”.  Adult  learners will represent all of the Literacy Council’s programs, including authors from Reflections: Voices of English Learners, the Literacy Council’s literary magazine featuring student writing, as...

In Memory of Literacy Council Volunteers
March 2, 2021March 15, 2021
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In Memory of Literacy Council Volunteers

On February 26, 2021, Karen Lee Nagy passed away at the age of 77. After retiring in 2015 as an ESOL teacher, Karen began volunteering with the Literacy Council in 2016 as a tutor.  In 2017, she became one of the Council’s ESL Tutor/Student Coordinators, helping to match students with tutors and providing support to...

Book Club Explores “The Kite Fighters”
February 17, 2021February 17, 2021
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Book Club Explores “The Kite Fighters”

Written by Catherine Coundjeris, Book Club Facilitator and Writing Classes Instructor The Literacy Council’s bi-annual Book Club met in December for a discussion of The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park.  The book was suggested by student Y R. and led to a wonderful excursion through ancient times in Korea, the frolicking experience and inspirational...

Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring John Bruton
February 16, 2021March 8, 2021
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Volunteer Spotlight: Honoring John Bruton

“As teachers you have those moments when you can see them growing and grasping things and understanding it. It is so rewarding.” John Bruton joined the Literacy Council in 2019 as a volunteer tutor for the organization’s Basic Literacy Program. This program supports native English speaking adults who may have slipped between the cracks while in school and...

Learner Spotlight: Meet Jinjin!
February 11, 2021March 7, 2021
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Learner Spotlight: Meet Jinjin!

Welcome to our new monthly Learner Spotlight! We invite you to meet Jinjin, one of our students who will be featured each month in our new “Learner Spotlight”.  Adult  learners will represent all of the Literacy Council’s programs, including authors from Reflections: Voices of English Learners, the Literacy Council’s literary magazine featuring student writing, as...

Learner Spotlight: Meet Jacqueline!
January 27, 2021January 28, 2021
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Learner Spotlight: Meet Jacqueline!

Welcome to our new monthly Learner Spotlight! We invite you to meet Jacqueline, one of our students who will be featured each month in our new “Learner Spotlight”.  Adult  learners will represent all of the Literacy Council’s programs, including authors from Reflections: Voices of English Learners, the Literacy Council’s literary magazine featuring student writing, as...