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Fall 2017
Fall ESL Course Registration
Registration is September 5-16th, 2017
Twelve ESL courses are offered at our two classroom locations that run over a 12-week semester. Courses include two Saturday beginner classes, one for conversation and one for reading to meet our working adults. This semester, our English for Work course will focus on writing.  Registration begins Tuesday, Sept.5th with classes beginning the week of September 25th. Group ESL courses are provided for at fee with donations accepted. Visit our website for a full  course schedule .
Worcester Women's Oral History Project at LVGW
We have collaborated with the Worcester Women's Oral History Project in 2017 to bring to light the stories of our female tutored students who immigrated to the Worcester area.

The  WWOHP  records, collects, and shares the personal and historical memories of women throughout the Worcester community. LVGW staff (Sheila, Amy & Jolene) were trained by WWOHP to interview and transcribe student stories for the project.  We are grateful to the incredible women who volunteered to share their stories of immigration; Carmenza, Edna and  Yahui. They will be our guests at the LVGW Annual Meeting on 10/25/17.   Learn more about WWHP and the Oral History Project at  Worcester Women's History Project 
ESL Forum:  Worcester Community Connections Coalition and LVGW

Jolene Jennings, LVGW Executive Director and  Amy West, Program Manager have been fully engaged in the ESL Forum collaboration for several months in Worcester. There has been a core group of ESL providers participating in this forum which has been led by WCCC and sponsored by GWCF. After many community strategy and planning meetings, two objectives were set:
  • Categorize levels of ESL Course offerings at area ESL providers for students
  • Develop a plan for a part-time community ESL Navigator for community
Thank you to WCCC for leading this ESL Forum partnership to work together.

Opening the Pages to FY17: Numbers Matter!
  • 154 Adult students paired with 150 trained Volunteer ESL Tutors 
  • 5,000 Hours of One-to-One Tutoring for English literacy skill education
  • 3 Eighteen-hour Volunteer Tutor Trainings offered 
  • 41 New volunteers recruited and trained
  • 185 Active Volunteers in All!
610 Students' received English language skill education to reach for the short-term goal of English proficiency and move toward the long term goal of individual and family economic security.  

Many students reach set goals throughout the year, reported goals this year include:
  • 75% of BP assessed tutored students improved their ESL performance level
  • 34 Participated in the English for Work course to improve employability
  • 3 Students obtain Citizenship  
  • 8 Gained new or better Employment
  • 4 Enrolled in higher education 
Your contributions make an impact to continue our English language education programming for ESL and ABE adult students to meet English language proficiency, the foundation to Economic Security.  A $10/25/50 donation will greatly support our mission to provide English language skills to help people thrive in Worcester County.  
Interested in a Volunteer Experience?  
Join LVGW in the United Way Day of Caring on 9/14/2017!

This will be our second year participating in this day of volunteerism in the community. Students, tutors, volunteers and staff are invited to join our team to make a difference. 
I f you enjoy being outdoors and in the vegetable garden-this volunteer experience is for you.
Great opportunity for our students to learn about volunteering and community engagement. Tutor/Student pairs are encouraged to join us. 
Contact Jolene or Amy to learn more and register -we need 10 volunteers by 9/12! 
(Above Photo: LVGW Student Agueda volunteering 2016. )

Other Volunteer Opportunties Available: 
Consider a LVGW Committee or Board position. 
Visit our website or contact  
  Jolene
 

Save the Dates: 
2017 LVGW Annual Meeting 
The Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester 2017 Annual Meeting is Wednesday, October 25th from 6-7:30pm at Worcester State University. Invitations will be emailed out the end of September. Our students; Carmenza, Eda and Yahui, will share a little about their immigration stories as shared with the LVGW/WWOHP. Pease register by inviation or contact Sheila McManus  before 10/15/17.
Become an English as Second Language Tutor!
Our next  ESL Tutor Training is scheduled for October! 

This 18-hour training will be held over six days; October 12, 17, 19, 26, 24, and 31 from 3-6 pm.  

We have over 60 students waiting for matches!  Please visit our website to download an application and learn more.

(Above Photo: June 2017 tutor class of 17! )
Shop for Literacy on September 29 & 30th!

Purchase books, magazines or visit the cafe at Barnes & Noble in Worcester using the special Book Fair code below!   A percentage of  your purchase will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester when you shop on Friday, 9/29 and Saturday, 9/30/17 only. Please visit the Lincoln Street Worcester location or buy online during these limited two-days. What a better way to celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy week!

Print a voucher  or you can still order online using the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester  Bookfair ID - 12210845.
International Potluck - November 16th
The  International Potluck Lunch for Students, Tutors and Faculty is on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library .  Please bring your favorite entree, side dish or dessert to share!  This is a fun annual event, and a chance to catch up and socialize with other tutors, students and staff. Contact Melissa for further information.
Thanks to Worcester - the City that Reads! 

Thanks to Worcester, the City that Reads, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester was able to give students donated books to take home for keeps at the end of the winter and summer semesters.  Having reading material available in the home in an important part of literacy.

(Left photo: students enjoy picking out new books)
Millbury Small Group Tutoring
Sandy and Judy Millbury Volunteer Tutors
 
In response to a request from the Millbury Public Schools call for ESL help, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester recruited three of our current  tutors to  instruct a small group of Millbury parents in need from January to May, 2017. 
Tutors; Sandy Caldwell, Judy Nolfi, and Jennifer Moore ( not pictured) provided valuable ESL instruciton with the "Millbury Moms" (and a Dad!) The  Helping Your Schoolchildren model was integrated in the educaiton at the Millbury Public Library for this offsite pilot . This collaboration with the school and library location was key to launching this small tutoring group pilot. A great community collaboration! Thank you all!
(Left Photo: Sandy Caldwell and Judy Nolfi)
Summer Reading Course

LVGW students enjoyed reading Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street in a Summer Reading course and reading circle that focused on reading fiction for pleasure. 
Students got to keep their copies of the book and worked on reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and pronunciation through the stories and discussion. 

This  prepared students to  launch into the WPL summer reading program!  Kathy Stolz, a current tutor, led the reading circle during August for our intersession class offerings for current students. Pleasure reading of any kind is important for literacy to grow.



(Left Photo: Cover Image of Book )
Community Engagement: Summer Style

We hope you were able to join us at Out to Lunch Event at the Worcester Common.  Staff, Students and Tutors all participated in experiencing this community event in Worcester.  Music, food, information, collaboration, friends and some sunshine!



(Above Photo: LVGW Staff, Students, Tutors enjoying picnicing on the common)
Build a Better World Summer Reading Program 

Our students were excited to participate in the WPL Summer Reading Program. LVGW students, Carla & Basanta (left to right),receive prizes for their level of participation from WPL and proudly display their prizes.

This is a community partnership that our students enjoyed and we greatly appreciate.Thank you Worcester Public Library!



Tools for Teaching 
Education has a price but we know the benefits outweigh the cost. Please consider your support for continued ESL adult education with a donation for these needed supplies:
  • Classroom Supplies -$10
  • Portable language lab and Desktop Rosetta Stone headsets -$35  
  • Newsprint: News For You Weekly and Easy English News Monthly ESL Newsprint-$36 subscription annually. We order 20 subscriptions per year.
  • LVGW Tutor/Teacher Instructional Library-New books needed-$25
  • Literacy Leader -$250
Hundreds of students benefit from our English language education with our ESL courses and One-to-One Tutoring Programs-together we make a great difference. Your donations are tax-deductible to our 501c3 nonprofit. 

English language proficiency is the road to Economic Security.

Thank you!
Visit our website to learn about our FY17 Foundation and Corporate Donors and our new Silver Transparency Status with Guidestar.
Contact:
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
3 Salem Square, Suite 332
Worcester, MA 01608
www.lvgw.org ~ info@lvgw.org ~ 508-754-8056