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We hope you are having a great March! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected!

 
Special Speaker for Civics Instruction

Having guests speakers is a great way to introduce students to more community members and to talk about how our various systems work. In late January, Carolyn's High Point ESOL class started another unit of study in Civics. To support their studies, Carolyn contacted the North Carolina Bar Association in search of an attorney to visit her class. Though they normally speak to grade school students, they were thrilled to send someone to Reading Connections! And we were thrilled to meet Alan Duncan!

Mr. Duncan is a graduate of Davidson College and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, and has served on the Guilford County Board of Education since 2000, including the last 11 years as chairman. He is a past-president of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, has served on the bar association's board of governors and has headed its litigation section and the trial practice curriculum committee. Mr. Duncan has also served as president of the N.C. Bar Association. 

Mr. Duncan spoke to the group about various aspects of government, but focused especially on the judicial branch. He presented the differences between criminal and civil law, federal and state, and even went on to answer questions and converse with the class! Thank you to the North Carolina Bar Association, Carolyn, and Mr. Alan Duncan for this collaboration for our students!

ESOL Students Use Technology to Become More Civically Engaged

For almost two months, Ben Michelson, ESOL instructor, has been teaching his intermediate learners about the ways to become more civically engaged using online resources. The goal of this class is to shift adult learners from limited, passive use of the Internet and technology to active, engaging participation in a way that enriches their lives and the lives of their families.

Students are learning how to use Google Maps, pay their water and power bills online, research latest events at their nearest library, and find volunteering opportunities to match their interests. At the same time, students are being coached on their typing and overall computer skills.

Contact your coordinator if you would like to address digital literacy with your students. We look forward to hearing how students have incorporated these digital skills into their daily lives.
Join Us For the Human Race

Reading Connections invites you to help us reach the finish line! We're participating in the Volunteer Center of Greensboro's annual Human Race 5K this year! We need your help to reach our fundraising goal! You can donate on our team page by clicking the Donate Now button, mail a donation directly to us, or you can click the Join Nonprofit Team button  to create your own personal page to share with your friends  a nd family. If you need help doing this, you can contact Anna Ridener at aridener@readingconnections.org or at the High Point office at 336-884-7323. You can also participate in this fun event --run, walk, or roll your way to 5k on Saturday, April 16th!

April Tutor Training in High Point

Reading Connections is looking for dedicated volunteer tutors who are willing to work with adult students two to four hours a week for at least a year. We particularly need ABE reading tutors in Greensboro and math tutors in High Point. If you are interested or know someone else who is, please consider attending our April tutor training.

The free, three-part training will include an introduction to the agency, requirements for becoming a tutor or instructor, the four components of reading, working with different learning styles, lesson planning, and much more! 

Location: High Point Public Library - Morgan Community Room

Orientation Monday, April 4
10:00am-12:00pm
Session I Wednesday, April 6
9:00am-12:00pm
Session II Friday, April 8
9:00am-12:00pm

For more information or to register, please call (336) 230-2223 or email us at info@readingconnections.org.
Supplemental Training--Lesson Planning

Reading Connections will be offering a Supplemental Tutor Training on the topic of lesson planning for adult learners. Family Literacy Program Manager Holly Love will discuss four important questions to ask yourself when planning a lesson for an adult student, as well as the essential components of an effective lesson plan.

Greensboro Option: 
Wednesday, April 6 from 4:00-6:00pm
Edward McKay's Used Bookstore
1607 Battleground Ave.


High Point Option:
Thursday, April 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm
High Point Public Library--Morgan Community Room
                                         901 N. Main Street

To register, call (336)230-2223 or email   Laura  at  lmims@readingconnections.org .

High Point Spring Literacy Fair

Tuesday, April 12, 4:00-6:00pm
High Point Public Library---Morgan Community Room 

Please join us in High Point for our first Spring Literacy Fair. Participants will learn more about our student services and opportunities to volunteer. We will present a brief program at 4:30 and 5:30. Earn extra raffle tickets for every friend you bring!  Activities include:
  • Crafts for kids 
  • Snacks 
  • Raffle 
  • Games 
  • Prizes 
Contact us at info@readingconnections.org or (336) 884-7323 for more information. See you there!

Open Computer Labs for Students
Open Labs is a new program offered by Reading Connections where students can come in to our computer lab for additional support on any literacy related area s/he wishes to work on.

Some of these areas include:
  • Computer/laptop/tablet skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing skills
  • Learner's permit/Driver's license
  • GED®
  • Citizenship test
  • Job applications
  • Health and nutrition information
  • Math skills

Open Lab Schedule:
Monday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-3pm
Friday: 10:30am-1pm & 2:30pm-5pm
 
 Open Labs take place in the computer lab at our Greensboro office. Please call (336) 230-2223 or email info@readingconnections.org for more information.
SCRABBLE Challenge Moving to Fall

Take the summer to practice your Double and Triple Word strategies, study those two letter words, and get ready for Reading Connections Scrabble Challenge - coming to you in Fall 2016!

Reading Connections is looking at many things in a new way, and one part of that is separating our major fundraising efforts. Whether you are a new or experienced competitor, keep an eye out this summer for an announcement of the date of 16th annual Scrabble Challenge. Can't wait to see you there!
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.
 
Sincerely,

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

In Greensboro
336-230-2223
122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920
Greensboro, NC 27401
FAX 336-230-2203

In High Point
336-884-7323
901 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
FAX 336-883-3636