Meet Our Board

Board members at retreat
front, L-R: Kathy Carter, Alice Underhill, MaryLane Stine, Janet Peregoy, Sandy Epperson, Sandra McKinney (Executive Director). back, L-R: Jim Slaughter, Bill Rivenbark, JoAnn Kerrick, Glenn Clairmont, Donna Marshall (outgoing ED). not shown: Keith Merritt, Susan Moffat-Thomas, Karen Segal

The Board of Directors of Craven Literacy Council posed for this group photo at their annual retreat held May 19. From the newest directors who are only a few months into their service to veteran directors who have over 6 years on our Board, this is a committed, dedicated bunch.

Each year at the retreat the Board learns about some aspect of nonprofit operations from a guest speaker and finalizes the budget and strategic plan for the upcoming fiscal year. This year’s focus was on our literacy programs, which CLC staff presented in a fun and engaging manner.

Thank you to our wonderful Board of Directors for their work  improving literacy skills to empower adults and improve lives.

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.

The State of Adult Literacy

The need grows. The funding shrinks.

That’s just one of the take-aways from ProLiteracy’s Annual Statistical Report for 2014-2015. Don’t let the word “statistical” in that title scare you away. View the summary here in a breezy, concise infographic format.

We’re especially proud of the positive outcomes reported for all literacy organizations, including ours. While most of our clients arrive with less than a high school education, they can and do make progress.

student infographicCraven Literacy tutoring lets our adult learners build the skills they need in their lives. Our students show learning gains, improved job-related skills, and increased involvement in children’s educational activities.

If you want to be part of this change for the better, join us starting next week on April 12 for a new tutor training workshop.

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.

We Are All “Learning for Life”

Here at Craven Literacy we live our tag line “Learning for Life”. Not only do we require 15 hours of training for new tutors, we offer several workshops throughout the year for current tutors. These sessions present new ideas about tutoring techniques and offer a chance for interaction among tutors. Sharing the same goals with others who may face the same challenges helps tutors to stay positive and motivated, and committed tutors make for learning success for our adult learners.

tutors at workshopOur latest workshop about test taking strategies was so well-attended that we had to offer 3 sessions. In each session our trainers demonstrated practice lesson activities and provided review study guides for student use. Review is  important even to students who may not be taking tests, so these strategies can help any student achieve his or her goals.

Visit this website to learn some creative and helpful ways to review learned material.

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.