February 22, 2018
Dear  ,  

Please take a few minutes to complete  our survey in regards to the recognition event to be held the first week of June.  The survey will close Monday, February 26 at noon.

Thank you!

The Literacy Connection Staff 

Take the survey.

"How beautiful a day can be 
when kindness touches it." 
~George Elliston~

Patricia Williams, Interim Executive Director
Patricia comes to The Literacy Connection from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and has extensive nonprofit experience in northern Illinois, as well as strong ties to the Elgin Hispanic community. She is an alumni of Elgin Community College, and serves as a board member of the Elgin Hispanic Network, Elgin Community Network and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  She also serves as a member of the Care for Underserved Coalition, Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Elgin, Elgin Human Service Council, Elgin Community Council: Kane County Health Department, Healthy Places Coalition of Kane County and the Kane County Community Health Improvement Plan: Income & Education Action Team.  

Patricia will be with us until a permanent Executive Director is in place.  Stop by the office and say hi!
Trivia Bee Fundraiser 

Join us on Saturday, April 28 for our 21st Annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser!

Please check with your employer about being a Sponsor of this event or maybe your co-workers about forming a team!  We need and appreciate your support!
A Manipulation Lesson
This is a practical lesson for any student at the beginning or intermediate level.  Worksheet-Instructions.

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Don't forget to use this resource! 

Need the password? Contact  Yadira or Jody
Misc. Information
March Into Health 2018
Activate Elgin presents over 20 free community health programs throughout the Elgin area for all ages to celebrate National Nutrition Month this March. Attend one, or all, free programs and enter for a chance to win a 2018 Bike from Spin Doctor Cyclewerks, Golf Package for 4 to The Highlands Golf Course, personal training at the YMCA, a Curves membership, Family summer swim pass from Elgin Parks and Recreation or an Epic Air Family Jump package. 

March into Health Kickoff
Saturday, March 3 1 - 3:30 pm
Gail Borden Main Library
For additional information click here.


To be eligible to enter kindergarten next fall, children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate and two documents showing proof of residency within U-46 boundaries.  Visit the U-46 website for more information and the necessary paperwork. 

Elgin Math & Science Academy is a second option to enroll children entering grades K-3, open enrollment applications are being accepted through Wednesday, April 4th for those within the District U-46 boundaries.
February 2018 High School Students Prepare for College
Students of high school age - grades 9-12 - should try to prepare themselves for college and careers by exploring what they like to do. Perhaps there is a volunteer opportunity they might enjoy, to find out if they like something as a career.  

Call the GBPL Information Desk at 847-429-4680 for assistance in finding a volunteer opportunity.  
Scholarship Available

Elgin Hispanic Network has a scholarship program for senior high school students of Hispanic decent residing in Elgin. To apply for $1,500, visit their website. Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 30th. 
Get your taxes done for free at a Center for Economic Progress (CEP) tax site near you.  Open January 27 thru April 17, 2018

Services are free to:

Individuals with incomes less than $30,000 and families (more than one person in home) with incomes less than $55,000.

See this flyer for additional information and site locations.  
27th Annual  Tutor and Adult Learner Conference
Saturday April 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Whether you're staff, a tutor, or a basic, ESL or GED student at the beginning, intermediate, or advance level, there is always something for everyone at the On the Road to Literacy Conference . Twenty-plus workshops in a variety of areas will explore strategies, techniques, and materials to use to build vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, comprehension, reading, writing and computational skills in or out of tutoring sessions.  More information here .
Would you help spread the word about our need for tutors?
Adults Remain On Our Wait List
There are  64 potential learners currently on our waiting list. These learners need to be tested before they can enter the program, and are not ready to be matched.

We do everything we can to match our tutors and learners as fast as possible. We must find a pair that has the same availability , and this often slows down the process.  
If you are currently waiting for a learner, we are working on setting up a match meeting as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. 

The learners in this file are tested and ready to be matched.  Are you interested in being matched with one of them?  Please contact Jody.

If you have specific questions please contact  Jody
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The Adult Volunteer Literacy project is made possible by a grant from the IL State Library (ISL), which is a division of the Secretary of State's office and has state funding for literacy.
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