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New Tutor Training
All of our new volunteer tutors are required to complete a free, three-part training.


January Tutor Training will take place at the Self Help Building located at 122 N. Elm Street in Greensboro.

Orientation: Thursday, 1/12 at 5:30-7:30 pm

Session I: Tuesday, 1/17 at 5:30-8:30 pm

Session II: Thursday, 1/19 at 5:30-8:30 pm

For more information or to register, please  email us or call (336) 230-2223.  
Like us on Facebook and check out our Tutor Tips of the Week!

Upcoming Events

Supplemental Training

Join us for "Language Experience Approach:Using language experience to teach reading and writing" presented by veteran tutor Kathy Dunn.

Wed., Jan. 18

High Point
High Point Public Library

Self Help Building at 122 N. Elm Street

Email Laura Mims to register.

Holiday Potluck
We hope that you will join us for a relaxed meal and fellowship.

High Point Potluck
Monday, Dec. 12 at 4:00-6:00 pm

Greensboro Potluck
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 4:30-6:30 pm
Reading Connections NEWSFLASH
November, 2016

Happy November! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections' news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected.
Congratulations to our SCRABBLE Winners

Thanks to many sponsors, players, auction item  donors and buyers who  contributed to the success of our 16th annual Scrabble Challenge. Held on November 3, team and individual winners were awarded gift certificates to Scuppernong Books.  Lisa Dames served as emcee, keeping smiles on everyone's faces.

Thanks to many other sponsors for making the event, and Reading Connections programs, possible:  VF, Inc., Kayser-Roth Corporation, Cone Health Foundation, Summit Rotary, iSurity, Hayden-Harman Foundation, Central Carolina ObGyn, Sid Campbell CPA, Advanced Home Care

Congratulations to these winners:
Phoenix Putney (1st)
Matthew Bosch (2nd)
Lynn Rich (3rd)

Scrabblicious (1st):Judith Graves, George Haeseler, Michael Townsend
Three Amigos (2nd): Gail Bretan, Gail Haber, and Arlene Henza
3rd: JoAnn Lommel, Ken Lommel, and Caroline Owen

We are grateful to our planning committee Kem Ellis, Shane Lukas, Pam Aikens, and Barbie Kremer for their help planning this event!
Two Ways to Support Reading Connections

Reading Connections has been selected to compete for a grant of up to $5,000 from the Yelp Foundation! Vote Now! Community votes will determine the winner of the grant. You can show your support by clicking here to vote for Reading Connections.  Voting ends Friday, Dec. 9. 

You can vote once each day . Please share with friends, family, and on social media. We appreciate your support!

Celebrate the Gift of Literacy
As the end of the year nears, many of us are checking our list to make sure we've donated as we've wanted to this year.  Consider giving the Gift of Literacy to one of several hundred adults in our community who seek to improve their lives through literacy. If you wish, gifts can be made in honor or memory of someone. You can either mail a check to the Greensboro office at 122 N. Elm St, Greensboro, NC  27401, or  donate online.

Your past support helped Tyrone earn his GED, Rosa understand her daughter's school communications and monitor her Facebook use, and Timothy improve several grade levels so that when he got out of the detention center, he was ready to move into job training and a job.  

Every person who comes to us brings a different story and a different goal. Literacy changes lives and transforms our community. Thank you for your support!

Save the Date: Holiday Potlucks

Please mark your calendar for Reading Connections' Holiday Potlucks! All students, tutors, and supporters are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share with everyone. 

High Point Potluck
When : Monday, December 12th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: Morgan Community Room--l ocated on the first floor of the High Point Library
Greensboro Potluck
When: Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: West Market Street United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall-- Located on the corner of John Wesley Way and Friendly Avenue in downtown Greensboro
To RSVP, please email Laura Mims or call  336-230-2223
Student Spotlight: A Family Literacy Success Story

"I was very nervous to come at first," said Maria Angeles when asked about attending our Rankin Family Literacy Program in September of this year. "I know I need to learn English, but it was scary to come somewhere new."

Maria, mother of three, entered our Fall Family Literacy Program with the goal to improve her English reading, writing and speaking skills and to read to her children more.

Maria shared with our staff that since her youngest daughter, 3-year old Melanie, was put on a waiting list for a spot in the Pre-K program, she was unable to afford childcare and couldn't get a job. She found herself feeling "stuck at home" with her daughter. She became afraid that neither she nor her daughter would have any way to improve their English.

Technology Tip of the Month: NEWSELA

One way that tutors can engage their students in learning is by integrating technology into lesson plans. Another idea is to introduce students to useful websites and have them explore on their own time.

NEWSELA is a website that features current news stories written at five different literacy levels. Tutors can choose the reading level of the article they want their students to read. Each article also features a writing prompt and quiz. 
Our mission is to provide and advocate for free, individualized adult literacy services to promote life changes for Guilford County residents and surrounding communities.  We always welcome your questions and feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact us to hear more about how our programs are making a difference in our community.

Jennifer Gore, Executive Director
Reading Connections, Inc.
For more information visit
or contact us at one of our offices:

In Greensboro
122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920
Greensboro, NC 27401
FAX 336-230-2203

In High Point
901 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
FAX 336-883-3636