Celebrating 30 Years!

Many friends and supporters of Craven Literacy Council gathered at the home of tutor and Board member Karen and Jon Segal on September 15th, 2016. It was a fabulous setting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Craven Literacy Council! photo collage from 30th Anniversary

Guests enjoyed light refreshments on a late summer night as they met new Executive Director Sandra McKinney and learned about programs to build adult literacy in our community. The highlight of the evening was a first-hand account from Karen and her Craven Literacy student, a Burmese refugee who in five years has gone from knowing little English to studying to take the US citizenship test.

We <3 Our Volunteers!

scenes from Volunteer Appreciation dinnerCraven Literacy Council celebrated National Literacy Month with a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on September 13, 2016.  CLC has approximately 125 active tutors and other volunteers who are the heart of the organization.  These volunteers gave almost 13,000 hours to the organization last fiscal year.  They worked with students who needed help with reading, writing, speaking, technology, achieving citizenship, getting a drivers’ license, reading prescription labels, completing job applications and other forms, as well as helping with fundraisers, training new tutors, and raising awareness of adult literacy in our community.

Janet Peregoy was named the Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding service and advocacy of adult literacy in our community.  Four individuals: JoAnn Kerrick, Debi Lupia, Dorothea Neely and Mary Spooner were recognized for their induction into the Grand Club for achieving 1000 lifetime volunteer hours with Craven Literacy Council.


Trivia Night Is Back!

Trivia_Night_logoThe 2nd Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction will be held in downtown New Bern on Friday, June 3, from 6-8:30PM. This enjoyable group event features four rounds of spirited competition with teams/tables of up to 6 people competing for cash prizes, bragging rights and the Trivia trophy. Register your team online or download this form to complete and mail in.

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.

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!

Mumfest 2015

mumsCraven Literacy Council had a booth at Mumfest in downtown New Bern on Oct. 10th and 11th.  Thank you to all — staff, Board members, tutors and volunteers — who gave a part of their weekend  to promote our services. It is always great to be out there getting to know our community.  We enjoyed seeing everyone who stopped by despite the damp weather.

Below, some images from Mumfest 2015:

Board member Glenn Clairmont and successful learner Earl Mills, now a published author
Learning for Life can be fun and rewarding
Smiling volunteers love Craven Literacy Council!

CLC Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

plate of pastaTonight staff celebrates our wonderful Craven Literacy Council tutors and volunteers at a traditional pasta dinner. It’s our turn to work for all the volunteers who themselves work so tirelessly to help adults in our community build better literacy skills.

Every year we all have fun on a special evening in September. Volunteers and guests (students, spouses, friends) enjoy camaraderie around the dining table filled with salad, pasta and dessert served up by CLC staff.

During dessert CLC staff acknowledges all volunteers for the hours they have given during the year, with special certificates going to those who have logged more than 100 hours in the year.

We love out volunteers!

Celebrate International Literacy Day

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International Literacy Day is September 8

We celebrate and support literacy every day because we are, after all, Craven Literacy Council. Today, September 8, 2015, is International Literacy Day–a day when the whole world takes special note of the importance of literacy.

UNESCO proclaimed International Literacy Day on November 17, 1965 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Strong skills in reading, writing,  computing and using technology are the prerequisite for individuals to learn a broader set of knowledge, attitudes and values necessary for living productive lives in today’s communities.

Encourage an adult who does  not read well to come see us for free, confidential help. Talk to us about tutoring opportunities. Get involved and help us stamp out low literacy.

cravenliteracy.org, 252-637-8079, 2507 Neuse Blvd, New Bern NC


Fun & Funds at Trivia Night

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Coming up with the right answer

Our inaugural Trivia Night and Silent Auction fundraiser held on June 12 was a rollicking success. Guests enjoyed social time and light snacks as they assembled their teams. Then after brief introductions, the games began with emcee Nelson McDaniel asking the questions for round 1 of 4.

During the break after each round, guests had a chance to refresh their drinks, bid on silent auction items and visit with friends. Then it was back to the tables to hear the answers, find out who won and check out cumulative team scores on the interactive scoreboard.

Competition was intense, but in the end the Quizzly Bears had one more point to earn their first place medals and take home the trophy.

winning team
Quizzly Bears: (Front row) Brandon Christian, Mary Kay Furimsky, Karen Segal. (Back row) Dan Furimsky, Cassie Segal, Jon Segal.

The night got even better for Craven Literacy when team captain Jon Segal announced that they were donating their $500 prize to the council.

Thanks to all who helped raise $8,000 to improve adult literacy in our community.