From a Student and a Tutor

Why Have a Tutor?
I have an English tutor because it has a lot of benefits. The program is free. Other English programs are very expensive but this program is very good and free. My tutor helps me to read, write, talk and understand the English language. I love having a tutor because it is private instruction or small group. For this reason I feel free to express my thoughts.

One of the benefits I like is the flexibility. It is hard to study when you have kids. For this reason our meetings are when my children are at school.

In conclusion a tutor is a new friend who helps you when you need it. Thank you to my tutor for your patience. Without you everything I achieved would not be possible.

And a note from our tutor:
She was my English student for approximately 1 1/2 years. She is married to a U.S. Marine stationed at Cherry Point. They have two young children. This was her first time living in the United States. Her native country is Puerto Rico. She made great progress learning English.

It is very rewarding to develop a tutor/student relationship and I highly encourage others to reach out and teach!

We are beginning out next new tutor training workshop in April. Click here to register or for more information.

Calling All Tutors

Registration is now open for Craven Literacy’s new tutor training workshop beginning April 12. We have a steady stream of adults coming to our office  for help with their literacy skills. Literacy, of course, starts with reading. But today it is so much more.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society.”

This broader view of literacy reflects the realities of education and work in the 21st century. As information and technology have increasingly shaped our society, the skills we need to function successfully have gone beyond reading.

The tutoring opportunities are many and varied. Please consider attending the first session of the workshop for an orientation to the clients we serve and the services they need.

Dads and Daughters Dance for Literacy

The 5th Annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Ball Fundraiser that was held on Friday, February 5, 2016, earned over $9,000 with an attendance of 65 dads and 79 daughters. What a wonderful memory making night for the excited girls and their handsome escorts!DDCollage2016

Craven Literacy Council would like to thank all those who attended and our fantastic sponsors: Gold Sponsor – Coastal Children’s Clinic; Silver Sponsors – Ed Blunt, Jerry and Jettie Pelletier, Janet and Kip Peregoy, Bill and Susan Rivenbark, Stubbs Perdue P.A., Alice and Reed Underhill; Bronze Sponsors – Mike and Sandy Epperson, GreeneWilson, Attorneys at Law, Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, and SpecialEyes Pediatric Vision Clinic.

Welcome, New Literacy Tutors!

Craven Literacy Council announces that 13 new tutors participated in the new tutor workshop ending on January 28, 2016. These individuals are currently being paired with a student. The next workshop begins April 12. When you see a new face in the hallway, please give them a warm welcome!

Jan 2016 tutor classPictured L-R, 1st Row: Lynda Ahmed, Maggie Nicholson, Pamela Collier, Barbara Haan, Augusta Jackson, Kathy Carter, John Sickles
2nd Row: Patrick Feury, Bernie Frank, John Shipherd, Jan Ecklund, Tim Fisher, Sammie Caswell

Free Community College Won’t Help Everybody

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job.” Read more here.

Unfortunately for many of the adults who come to Craven Literacy, community college is beyond their reach even when cost is not an obstacle. Our adult learners struggle with basic literacy skills. Many of them have limited ability to use a computer and the internet. At this low level of literacy everyone’s difficulties and needs are unique. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with our clients to create and follow an individualized learning plan that specifically addresses that adult’s literacy gaps.

Free community college is only part of the solution. We here at Craven Literacy and other organizations like us around the country are also part of the solution.

Low Literacy in the 21st Century

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One in five American adults cannot access or use the Internet.

If you’re reading this blog, low literacy is probably not an issue for you. But what about that other 20% of Americans? No Facebook? No Google searches? No online job searches? Low literacy makes it impossible for adults to participate in life to the best of their abilities.

Basic literacy skills simply aren’t enough in today’s technology-driven world. Adults need computer skills and access to technology to succeed in our society, whether they’re trying to find a job online, getting accurate health information on the Internet, or simply reading an email from their child’s teacher. Adults who lack basic technology skills are stuck at the bottom of an entrance ramp to an information superhighway thay can never reach.

Click here to read more from ProLiteracy about all the ways low literacy impacts adults.

Welcome, Winter

holly berries inwinterDecember 21 was the first day of winter, and staff here at Craven Literacy Council began our 2-week year-end break. All of us are looking forward to some time away from the office and a chance to decompress.

Of course, we plan to enjoy this time off and celebrate the joys of the season with family and friends. We wish the same for all of you, our loyal supporters. Enjoy!

Please do check back with us in January as we begin another exciting and productive year empowering adults through literacy.

Spotlight on a Volunteer

Jane Ashford teaching Craven Literacy Council is honored and fortunate to count Jane Ashford as one of our literacy volunteers. Jane’s life has been one of service to our community, most recently to the Burmese refugees who resettle in and around New Bern.

Teaching English to non-native English speakers is a natural fit for Jane’s enthusiasm for teaching and supporting self-sufficiency in individuals. Read her full profile here in the New Bern SunJournal.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy ThanksgivingWe here at Craven Literacy Council have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving :

  • Our amazing adult learners who work hard each week to improve their literacy skills and their lives
  • Our wonderful volunteers who give generously of their time to work with area adults who are trying to better themselves through literacy
  • Our dedicated staff who coordinate all the learners and tutors, equipping them with the best in adult education practices
  • This wonderfully supportive community in which we live

Thank you all for helping make our little part of eastern North Carolina a better place for all of us. Join us in giving thanks this week!