Woman leaves Saudi Arabia
for  U.S. Freedoms

By Jill Dion on May 23, 2016

Thanaa, in the foreground, at the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut in Woodmont, where she is learning English. Tami Jackson, director of Literacy Volunteers, is in the background.

I was born in Syria. My parents, sisters and brothers still live there. I miss them. I will never be able to go back home. We lived in mountains where sometimes it snows like here in Connecticut. Damascus is a beautiful city. It is the oldest capital city in the world. The first alphabet was from Damascus. It is a gift from Syria to the world. 

These are the words of Thanaa, a 33-year-old mother of three young children who has lived in Milford for the past year and a half. She is studying English in Woodmont, with a volunteer tutor at the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.

1- Fireworks Milford, Stratford, West Haven
4- Independence Day, closed
9- Neon Night Run- Downtown Milford
21- Barnes and Noble Book Fair,
      Finding Dory/Finding Nemo
27-30 Office Closed

5- Closed
21- Tutor Training classes begin- Milford


26- Tutor Training classes begin- Stratford
Computer class begins- Milford

15- Philanthropy day

3- Ugly Sweater Run
8- Barnes and Noble Book Fair- Frozen

English Classes
Monday, 6:30 pm- Conversation Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care, Meadowside School (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class, LVSCT
TBD- Conversation Class- Stratford Library
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Click for more info or call to sign up, 203-878-4800


Sonam, left, received her drivers license in May. Sonam has been with the Center since 2014 and comes from Nepal.  She works with tutor, Jackie Hennessey.

Way to go!

Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut donated 200 books to 2nd Hill Elementary School in Stratford, right, last week to kick off the 5th grade summer reading program.

LVSCT also donated 600 books to Roosevelt School in Bridgeport.

If you would like to donate new or gently used books, call the Center to schedule a drop off time. 

Have a great summer kids!

Literacy for Children

These amazing people, left, volunteer their time and read to some of the pre-school classes in Milford every week.  

l-r, David Gregory, Flo Berrien, Judy Darek, Enid Heyse, Jean Cianciolo. Missing are Don Hastings and Ann Loesch.

Below are children receiving books at Good Shepherd Development Center.   Happy reading!


MILFORD, CT, May 2016 — Run or walk, and catch a rising star for literacy at The Literacy Volunteer’s annual 2016 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on
Saturday, July 9, 2016. This luminescent neon night will convene at the Rotary Pavilion at
6:30 – 7:45 PM for registration. 8:00 PM is GO (when the race starts). Sponsored by The Milford Bank, Cohen and Wolf, PC’s, Attorneys at Law, Star 99 and Stonebridge Restaurant.

The registration fee is $35. The first 250 online registrants will receive a free NEON T-shirt, glow necklace, BIB and Computer Chip Timed and goodie bag as they run, walk, and help raise funds in support of the Center’s vital literacy programs for hundreds of local adults and children in need of its educational services. Additional neon items and t-shirts will be for sale.

Under a canopy of stars, the timed 3.1-mile challenge will begin and end at the Rotary Pavilion in a grand finale filled with awards for runners and walkers for fastest/best costumes/most enthusiastic/most NEON/Best time/highest pledges and many more.
Register below or call 203-878-4800 for additional information.

After-party and NEON drink specials will follow at STONEBRIDGE RESTAURANT for participants who are 21 years and older.

“Our neon night race promises to be an exciting event.” says Tami Jackson, the Center’s Executive Director, “We hope everyone can make it — and be all aglow as they run and walk for the great cause of literacy!”

Register TODAY!
Ways to Support
Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.  
  • Copy Paper
  • Tissues
  • Stamps
  • Water Bottles
  • Tape
  • Birthday wrapping paper, generic
  • Gently used children's books
  • Volunteers to work at our Satellite offices at Milford Library and Stratford Library.
  • Volunteer driver to drop off books.
  • Help with the Neon Night Run.
  • Become a Tutor.
  • Coordinate a book drive.
LVSCT | Email | Website
  The Literacy Center- Main Office

Fannie Beach Community Center
16 Dixon Street
Milford, CT 06460
Ph: 203-878-4800
Fax: 203-878-1080

Satellite Office Hours at Milford Library (Monday 10:00 - 11:30)  
and Stratford Library (Wednesday 10:00 11:30).