November 2018 Newsletter
My Reading Connections Story
By: ESOL Student Fatoumata Keita
Hi, my name is Fatoumata Keita. Before I came to Reading Connections, I had difficulty reading aloud. It was very hard, and I often got stuck. At this time I was still in high school and was not working. My high school French teacher told me about Reading Connections a few years ago. I joined Erik’s group class, and he was very helpful to me. He encouraged me to find a job and helped me many times. Our group worked on reading maps, reading aloud, and other group activities. Sometimes we would even go out to eat and use English! During this time, I went to GTCC, got my CNA certificate, and got a job as a nurse. My reading is much better now, and I am telling my coworkers to come to Reading Connections. If they come, they will be able to improve in math, reading, speaking, and even computer skills. Also, Reading Connections can help you find a job, like they did for me.
#GivingTuesday is November 27
This year on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, we are celebrating #GivingTuesday. This is a day dedicated to giving when charities, families, businesses, community centers, st udents, retailers and more will all come together celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving. 

Reading Connections invites you to join the movement to help us reach our goal of 100% literacy in Guilford County. Last year your support helped us to serve over 1,000 adults and families. We need your help so we can continue to make a positive impact in our community.

Thank you for all of the ways you support Reading Connections!
Intern Spotlight: Crystal Parks
UNCG senior Crystal Parks interned this fall at Reading Connections. She worked closely with ABE Coordinator Kiara Coulman in our Greensboro office.
During her time with us, Crystal led student orientations, created student summaries based on student test scores, entered data, created flyers for special events, and more. She learned that there is no “one size fits all” approach to student services. “Some students need help with phonics, while others have a higher literacy level and can get through paperwork a bit easier. It’s important to do what works best for the student, not what seems to be the most convenient,” said Crystal.

Positive Agency Outcomes for 2017-18
It is always a pleasure to reflect back on a year's accomplishments. We served more than 1,000 adults and children last year and saw a record-breaking 59% of our post-tested students advance a full literacy level. (This is compared to the average state requirement of 36% of students making such an advancement.)

Please click here to continue to read our 2017-18 Annual Report.
Holiday Potluck for Students and Volunteers
Thanksgiving Holiday Office Schedule
We hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for all of our volunteers, students, and supporters. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our mission.

Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please visit our website to keep up to date on holiday office hours.
Update on 50 Tutors in 50 Days
This summer when we started our new fiscal year, we already had a waiting list of students hoping to join our program and that list continued to grow each week. We decided to kick off a community effort to recruit 50 tutors in 50 days. We began in July and are happy to report that we had many interested volunteers and have almost reached our goal! The need is still great, especially for our ESOL program. Even though our 50 days are up, we can still meet and exceed our goal by the end of the year. If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of literacy, please sign up to be a volunteer tutor. We'd love to have you join our team!

Please  visit our website  to read our tutor job description and find out more about tutor requirements. You can also take a look at our upcoming training calendar  here  or  email us  for more information.
December Tutor Training
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to work with adult learners in Greensboro and High Point. If you are available two-four hours a week and have a passion for supporting adults in improving their literacy, please join us for our next free, three-part tutor training.

Where: High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street
When: Orientation: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10am-12pm
Session 1: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 9am-12pm
Session 2: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9am-12pm

If you are interested in registering for this or any upcoming trainings, please call (336) 230-2223 or email us  for more information.