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Meet Rachel
If you have stopped by our Greensboro office recently, you may have noticed a new face at the front desk. We are happy to announce that Rachel Dievendorf has joined our team as an Administrative Assistant. 

Rachel is originally from California where she earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz. She has worked for numerous nonprofit organizations throughout her career.  In her free time she likes to read, paint, and cook. We are thrilled to have her as part of the Reading Connections team.
 



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

August Training:
August Tutor Training will take place at the High Point Public Library located at 901 N. Main Street.

Orientation: 8/15, 10am-12noon

Session I: 8/17, 
9am-12noon

Session II: 8/19 
9am-12noon

For more information or to register, please  email us or call (336) 230-2223.  
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Upcoming Events

Student & Volunteer Celebration
August 16, 6-8pm at 
Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro

Join us for dinner and an awards ceremony as we celebrate the stars of Reading Connections--our students and tutors.

Transportation from High Point Public Library will be provided.

SCRABBLE 2016
Join us November 3 for our 16th annual SCRABBLE Challenge. Please check our website and follow our Facebook page for more information.
Reading Connections NEWSFLASH
July 2016


We hope you are having a wonderful summer so far! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected.
Conquering the GED®

The goal that we hear most often from our students is, "I want to get my GED". For many, the GED® is more than just a test, but symbol of opportunity. It is a stepping stone into a better job, stronger reading skills, a more independent life, and accomplishing that goal can be positively life-changing.

As one year comes to a close and a new one begins, the High Point ABE program has had three students pass all or part of the new GED® test. It is impossible to overstate what an enormous accomplishment this is. So that you may share in our celebration, we've shared a little about each students' success below:

Our first shining star is Deboraha. Deboraha (left in picture), a student with Reading Connections since 2014, has been working diligently with her tutor, Ronnie (right in picture), over the last year to pass the math portion of the GED®. We are so proud to say that Deboraha took and passed the math section this May! With one section down, the pair has started preparing for the next sections of the test. We are so happy for you, Deboraha, and we know you will knock the other sections out of the park!

Our next shining star is Natasha. Natasha has been a student with Reading Connections since 2011, and during that time has worked with various small groups and tutors, but has gone up two whole literacy levels in reading, language and math. Lately, she has been working very hard with her reading tutor, Anne, and she was able to pass the Reasoning Through Language Arts portion of the test this June! We are so immensely proud of her and wish her good luck on the final sections of the test.


Our final shining star is YanPing. YanPing (pictured right) has been in the Reading Connections program since 2013 while also taking classes at GTCC. All of her hard work and dedication paid off because she recently earned her complete GED® and CNA this spring! Though she is a student in the ABE program, her first language is Chinese, which makes these accomplishments all the more impressive. She plans to continue attending Reading Connections classes and we are excited to see what her future holds. Way to go, YanPing!

Congratulations to these students, and all of our students who are working towards their goals. It is through the hard work of students and tutors that these accomplishments are met. Stories like these are what make everything worthwhile, and we look forward to sharing many more. 

Lydia Davis, ABE Coordinator 

You Are Invited to Our Student and Volunteer Celebration
  
Make plans to join us at our annual Student and Volunteer Celebration on August 16. The evening will include a tasty dinner, program, slideshow, awards ceremony, and raffle. We hope this year will be our largest turnout yet. Help us celebrate the many accomplishments of our students and volunteers--the stars of Reading Connections!

Student and Volunteer Celebration

Date: Tuesday, August 16

Time: 6-8pm

Location: West Market Street United Methodist Church located at  302 W. Market Street in Greensboro

Cost: Free


A special  "thank you" to Darryl's Restaurant for providing food and beverages for the event. We
appreciate their support!

The Dynamic Duo


Greensboro ABE student Dallas Richardson and tutor Susan Kennedy have only been meeting since April, but it is evident that they have already earned their nickname the "dynamic duo." Like many students, Dallas joined Reading Connections to improve her reading. She has struggled with reading since the 2nd grade, but has been able to get by with the support of her family. When she walked into the Reading Connections' office in February, she heard people sounding out words and immediately became teary-eyed. She realized then that she wasn't alone, and instantly felt more comfortable and at peace with needing help.

Since meeting with Susan, who is more like Dallas' partner in learning than a traditional classroom teacher, she has made significant progress and has become a more confident reader. She finished reading her first chapter book, and exclaimed that "Reading is fun!" She is now fluently reading complicated text structures and sounds like an actress in a play.

Dallas is intensely focused and goal driven. She is a dedicated student who is very active in her church community. While being a student at Reading Connections, she wrote a grant proposal for a youth community event and was awarded $1,000 to put towards the event. She then helped plan, promote, and organize the church event. Dallas credits her success to God, her church, her family and Reading Connections.

Susan has also greatly benefited from being a part of Dallas' journey and enjoys talking about the many similarities of their lives. She has become connected with Dallas' family, and plans to continue supporting her as a partner in learning as Dallas pursues a career in law enforcement. 

Kiara Coulman, ABE Coordinator
Save the Date: SCRABBLE 2016

Save the Date for the 16th Annual Scrabble Challenge on
Thursday, November 3, 2016
at The Empire Room at Elm Street Center, Greensboro


Start planning your company's team or contact your friends. Sign up information will be available in September. Sponsorships available from $500 to $10,000. Contact Jean Pudlo , Associate Director, for more information.  
High Point ESOL Student Earns Citizenship
        
Maria Torres of the High Point ESOL program is a former English teacher from Mexico. She came to the United States almost 11 years ago and has been attending classes at Reading Connections for about 5 years. Maria has recently received her U.S. citizenship.

Maria has been dedicated to attending her Advanced ESOL class in High Point with her tutor Carolyn. Earlier this year, she took advantage of a citizenship class that met twice a week just before her ESOL class at the library. With the citizenship class provided by Church World Services and her Advanced ESOL class at Reading Connections, Maria was able to brush up on the interviewing skills, civics knowledge, and English language skills she needed to pass the test. Congratulations to Maria -- we are so proud of her accomplishments!

Anna Ridener, ESOL Coordinator
A Successful Training in Saving Lives for ESOL Students
We are proud to share the completion of the Red Cross CPR and First-Aid Training sessions offered by Center for New North Carolinians to our ESOL students. In May, 14 Greensboro ESOL students completed a 6-week course in which they obtained vital, life-saving skills such as giving CPR, recognizing a heart attack or stroke victim, how to respond to an emergency, how to give first-aid, and how to use an AED (defibrillator). In addition, half of the students received their official Red Cross CPR certification at a reduced cost.

A very special thanks to Cynthia Mejia from Center for New North Carolinians for facilitating this wonderful series.
Pictured: ESOL Instructor Pat Russian with her students who became officially Red Cross certified

John Storm, ESOL Coordinator
New Phone System


As of July 27, we will have a new North State telephone system in Greensb o ro. In the near future, this phone system will allow us to be linked to our High Point office, improving services and efficiencies! B usiness should be as usual - but we may have a few operator errors. Thank you for your patience as we get used to our new, updated system.

Join ProLiteracy's Book Club

We are excited to announce the ProLiteracy Book Club, a new way for ProLiteracy supporters to engage with authors and each other, while learning about new topics through stimulating books and conversation.

Here's how it will work:
  1. Sign up to join the Book Club. You'll receive periodic emails with Book Club news and announcements.
  2. Read the book. A new book will be selected approximately every two months.
  3. Participate with fellow Book Club participants in discussions and Q&A sessions, which will feature authors, literary professionals, and ProLiteracy staff.
The first featured book is Interred With Their Bones, by Jennifer Lee Carrell. In observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Interred With Their Bones is a wonderful, fictional story about a former Harvard English professor who goes on a mystery-solving tour of the most respected Shakespeare sites around the world. Learn more about Interred With Their Bones and Jennifer Lee Carrell.

The first Book Club session will be later this summer. Sign up to join the Book Club and receive more details.

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