August 2018
Student and Volunteer Celebration
We had a wonderful evening celebrating the many accomplishments of our students and volunteers. Thank you to Asheley Kotis and Painted Plate Catering for providing a delicious dinner and West Market Street United Methodist Church for their continued partnership and for providing us with a lovely space. Thanks to First Baptist Church of High Point for providing buses for our students, Bruce Hargrove and Kerry Jones for driving the buses, and Julissa Cardona for taking photos of our event. Some lucky guests even left with a gift certificate from Clyde Brown and SmallCakes Cupcakery & Creamery.

There was a lot to celebrate as 79 students and volunteers accumulated over 100 hours instruction over the past year! Trophies were given to Students of the Year and bookmarks were given to Volunteers of the Year. If you have not attended one of these events, please make plans to attend next summer. To view all of the photos, visit our Facebook page.
Inspiring Student Shares Her Personal Story

Wanda Jeffries left school in the eleventh grade and until taking classes at Reading Connections, was reading at a third grade level. Now she is reading novels and hopes to attend college. Wanda recently shared her story with the local news station.

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Students Make Incredible Gains and Meet Goals
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Each August the staff attends a retreat where we review our data from the previous fiscal year. This year we had a lot to celebrate! Here are a few of the highlights:

  • We served 907 adult students and 124 children
  • 60% of full-time students advanced an adult literacy level (2-3 grade levels)
  • Students received a total of 23,641 hours of instruction
  • We served 319 volunteers
  • Volunteer tutors provided 13,577 hours of service
  • 32 students got a job
  • 28 students got their driver's license
  • 11 students passed the U.S. citizen test

Congratulations to all of our students and volunteers for all of their efforts. We look forward to celebrating many more accomplishments this year.
Seedfolks Community Read Starts Next Week in High Point
We are excited to join High Point Library's 2018 Community Read of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Students in High Point will be reading the book with their tutors over the next few weeks. Lesson plans and learning resources have been provided by Arlene Lent, program coordinator.

Students and tutors will be encouraged to attend the many activities that the library has planned over the next two months. Click here to see a calendar of events.

If you would like more information about joining the Community Read, email Arlene or call (336) 884-7323.
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A friendly reminder that our offices will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. We hope you enjoy your holiday!
Staff is available in both offices to help students register to vote. Please encourage your students to register soon.
New Addition to Greensboro Staff
We are pleased to welcome Isaac Grose as our Greensboro ESOL Program Coordinator. Isaac began teaching ESOL in 2014. He holds a B.A. in English Education and a M.A. in TESOL, both from Lenoir-Rhyne University in his hometown of Hickory, NC. He is also currently pursuing a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Seminary. He greatly enjoys helping students and tutors at Reading Connections work together to achieve students’ academic and cross-cultural goals. In his free time, Isaac enjoys spending time with family, serving the local church, and following sports of all kinds.  
Volunteer Tutors Needed in GSO and HP
We are still working on meeting our goal of 50 Tutors in 50 Days. You can help by letting your friends know about our free, three part tutor training. Our September training is in Greensboro but we also desperately need High Point tutors.

Anyone interested can call (336) 230-2223 or email us at info@readingconnections.org for more information. Please visit our website to read our tutor job description and find out more about tutor requirements.
Reading Connections 2018-19 Board Members
Please help us welcome our 2018-19 board members: Dana Adams, Paula Barger, Rebecca Blomgren, Clyde Brown, Mary Jo Cagle, Wendell Calhoun, Rudy Clark, Larry Eisenberg, Susan Harman, Camille Hester, Jason Keith, Jim Kennedy, Shane Lukas, Astrid Mesa, Anne Murr, Dulce "Vere" Ortiz, Wasif Qureshi, Julie Rendle, and Cheminne Taylor-Smith. 

Larry Eisenberg will continue to serve as board chair this year. Rudy Clark will serve as vice chair, Shane Lukas as treasurer, Camille Hester as assistant treasurer, and Dana Adams as secretary. We look forward to a great year and are so thankful for this group and their dedication to Reading Connections.