April Newsletter
Literacy Leadership Breakfast

Learn. Grow. Succeed.
Thank you to everyone who RSVP'd for our upcoming Greensboro breakfast. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 26th.
Please arrive early for registration. Seating will begin at 7:30 a.m.

There is still space to join us in High Point.
Please click here to register.
Thursday, April 26th 2018
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Country Club Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408
High Point
Tuesday, May 8th 2018
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
High Point
Country Club Drive
High Point, NC 27262
Sponsored By
Friends of the High Point Library

Ann and Jim Morgan

Program Spotlight: Family Literacy
The Family Literacy Program offers a change of pace that switches the focus from just teaching adults to teaching adults AND their families. Parents are able to attend classes at Oak Hill Elementary School every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. so that they can improve their English skills and develop the skills needed to help their children with school. In addition, every family receives books that they can take home to read with their children, as well as join other families for a free dinner before classes take place.

While parents work on improving their English skills, their children are placed in groups based on their reading levels and work on the same books that their parents are working on! From there, they do fun craft activities that go along with the book and a fun STEM exercise to get them thinking. The week of April 8th through 13th, the chosen book was, "Moon Rope / Un lazo a la luna" by author Lois Ehlert. What makes this book especially fun is that it has both English and Spanish translation! While the younger children are read to by their teacher, the older kids are able to help their teacher read by taking turns. This activity allows them to be more in control of their learning and storytelling.

The families that take part in the Family Literacy Program are amazing people to get to know and it is a joy to be able to be a part of this experience with them.
Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is an annual celebration of young volunteers around the world. It is designed to encourage youth to participate in community service and service-learning and to honor those who have contributed to their communities through voluntary commitment. On April 20th from 1-5 PM at the High Point Public Library, there will be a book drive for two different shelters in the Triad area. They are asking that participants bring books for grade levels Pre-K through High School. For every book donation, you will receive a raffle ticket to win a $10 book voucher to McKay's, a movie voucher for the Red Cinema or a concession stand voucher at the Red Cinema for a drink and popcorn.
Student & Tutor of the Month: Evans & Chuck
Evans Williams

Evans always arrives early to his tutoring sessions and begins the day by writing "Good Morning Chuck White" on the board. They have been working together for the past 8 years and have developed a great friendship. They read books and historical articles, learn grammar and punctuation rules, and even solve math problems. Evans also enjoys reading books outside of class and attends literacy classes at his church. He rarely takes a day off and has asked to come to the office on additional days to continue studying. Due to Evans' hard work with Chuck and other Reading Connections' tutors, he has accumulated a total of 770.75 hours of instruction! We are proud to feature Evans as our Student of the Month and are excited to continue to watch his hard work pay off.
Chuck White

Chuck White is a dedicated tutor who has been with Reading Connections for over 10 years! He always comes to tutoring with a smile on his face and a creative idea for lesson planning. We are very grateful that Chuck chooses to volunteer his time with Reading Connections.

Volunteer with Us!
"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."
Marian Wright Edelman

May Training
Greensboro Office
Orientation: Monday, May 14th, 2018
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Session 1: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Session 2: Thursday, May 17th, 2018
9:00 am-12:00 pm

If you would like to register, please contact us at 336-230-2223 or email info@readingconnections.org . You can also check out our calendar for ongoing events and training dates. 
Favorite Educator: Maya Angelou

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Marguerite Johnson or better known as Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Angelou wore many hats throughout her lifetime, she was a writer, performer, civil rights activist, poet, director and professor. One of her most recognizable works is her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

In high school, she participated in dance and drama. After graduating from high school, she gave birth to her son. In order to support her child, she worked as a conductor. Around the 1950s, Maya worked as a performer starring in productions like Cabaret for Freedom and Porgy and Bess. She also wrote the screenplay for Georgia, Georgia.

During the 1960s, she moved to Ghana where she focused her efforts on civil rights. Later on, she worked alongside civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. She shared her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration. In 2010, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

We are proud that Maya Angelou called North Carolina home and worked as a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. The world is a better place because she chose to share her wisdom and educate us all.
Reading Recommendations: Staff Picks
Erik:  Beckett's trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable .

Rachel:   Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke​​

Adriana: J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (particularly when read aloud by her father)

Abby: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh and Guady Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Rebekah: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut