Volume 02 | April 30, 2018
The winner of our name the newsletter is Lynn Busacca. We had several entries and a list of great choices. The Fund Development and Outreach Committee members chose Lynn's suggestion for the name of our newsletter.

Lynn wins a Golden Seat Ticket to the SPELL-E-BRATION. Congratulations, Lynn!
Upcoming Events

Our 24 th Annual Spring SPELL-E-BRATION is coming!  

Friday, May 11 th 2018 at the Shelton Civic Center, 535 W Cota, Shelton. 
The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.!

This is Sound Learning’s annual fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit our adult education programs. We hope you’ll join us!

The Spell-e-bration includes:
  • The Main Attraction, the Community Adult Spelling Bee
  • Silent Auction
  • Balloon Pop
  • CashSwarm Live Event
  • Delicious Appetizer/Dessert Buffet

Want to help? Here are some ways that you can help to make this event a success!

You can:
  • Volunteer at the event
  • Help with greeting, sell balloons for the balloon pop, or assist in the kitchen area to set out refreshments.
  • Donate to the Appetizer/Dessert Buffet
  • We’re accepting donations of store-bought appetizers and desserts, homemade baked goods, or cash donations to help make this year’s refreshments table as delicious as ever! 

Please contact us at Sound Learning if you want to volunteer, donate or participate in some other way. Email us at:  director@soundlearning.co ; or call us at the office (360) 426-9733.  

Thank you for your support!   To learn more about the SPELL-E-BRATION click on this link: Click on the Spell-e-bration tab in the menu..

In the volunteer Spotlight!
Astrid Pearson, Basic Studies Volunteer Tutor

As a young girl Astrid Pearson wanted to be a teacher, but she specialized in math, spreadsheets, and got her BA in accounting at Saint Martin’s University instead.

Astrid says she always knew she wanted to do something that helped people have better lives and got the chance to do that at the end of her career at DSHS. After she retired she had more time to get involved in organizations where she got to see people succeed. 

She volunteers as board treasurer for Turning Pointe, and coordinates her church, Faith Lutheran, group’s two dinners per month at Community Lifeline and since fall 2015 she has been a volunteer tutor in the Basic Studies class in Shelton. 

One of Astrid’s favorite aspects of working with Sound Learning is the opportunity to attend the yearly “Celebration of Success”, which is a joint graduation celebration put on by Sound Learning, Olympic College, and Gravity for all of the students who achieved their HS diploma alternative (GED, High School 21, and Adult Secondary Diploma) in Mason County each June. She says it is “very rewarding to see all of the students with their families there to support them.” It reminds her for our students life circumstances got in the way, but through our programs they have the opportunity to change their future, and get this chance for the community to honor them for their personal lives. 

          To potential volunteers, Astrid says, “the commitment is up to you and whatever time you can give is rewarding and fun.”

Thank you Astrid for you dedication and service.

Meet our NEW staff member.
 Steve Mooney.
  Steve is our new ESL Instructor. He will be teaching levels 4 -5 in the evening at CHOICE, alongside Jenny and Consuelo.
Steve comes to us after teaching English in Abu Dhabi for 10 years. He and his wife decided that the South Puget Sound was the ideal area to begin their new life back in the U S A.  

Steve has a Masters in Education TESL and is looking forward to getting to know the area, his students and our volunteers.         

Welcome Steve!