In this issue of the Literacy Connection: Collections anthology opportunity for your learners, “On the Road to Literacy Conference” coming up, New Tutors!, Opportunities for you with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County
Collections 2015 Anthology and Party
Each year the Collections event is a great chance for adult learners to share their experiences and publicly show the improvement in their skills. The Literacy Volunteers of Lake County sponsor the publication of an anthology of student writings and host a release party. Contributing learners receive a free copy of the anthology at the party and have a chance to publicly read their contributions. It’s a neat chance for learners to come together and celebrate each other. All tutors and adult learners are welcome at the event. Often learners will come one year just to observe and then be inspired to contribute the next year.
Details on the event are still being hammered out for an evening in early May. You can begin plugging the event to your learners and preparing submissions now. If you work with learners in a classroom setting, please ask your supervising instructor if you can share the information about Collections with the class. In the past, some classes have created submissions together.
Click here for the submission guidelines and ideas!
“On the Road to Literacy” Save the Date
Learners will have the opportunity to participate in the On the Road to Literacy Conference on Saturday, April 18th. The conference is a chance for adult learners from around the state to gather together, share experiences and learn. The event is hosted at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The Literacy Volunteers of Lake County will be providing for bus transportation to and from the event from Waukegan and Grayslake. Look for more information in March about transportation and the available workshops. Click here to view the “On the Road to Literacy Conference” website!
Say hello to another wonderful new group of volunteer tutors!
ABE Tutors finished training on Saturday, February 14th.
From left to right: Back- John Martin, John Storaasli, Dan MacKinney, Josh Anderson (WPL staff), Lawrence Kolaczkowski; Middle- Laura Sherwood (CLC staff), Jenny Ross (previously trained as an ESL tutor), Anne McCormick, Amy Ratican, Daisy Chavez, Front- Marita Martin, Lisa Kolaczkowski, Margaret Petroff, Sandi Firsel, Tom Pedersen; Not pictured: Lisa Athanassopoulos (returning tutor)
ESL Tutors finished training this past Saturday.
(Our apologies, we’re 0 for 2 so far at remembering to get a picture at the end of the ESL training. The third time will hopefully be the charm.)
New Tutors: Octavius Hayes, John Martin, Dorothe Patterson, Alison Storaasli
Tutors Already Trained in ABE: Jyotin Adhvaryu, Jim Meyerhoff, Marlene Overton, Gay Reid, Robin Sherwood, Ben Sponseller
Special thanks to Dan MacKinney, John Martin and John Storaasli who completed both the ABE and ESL trainings all at once this February!
Four of these volunteers have already started tutoring and several others are in the process of being matched. We’re very excited to have all of them joining us!
Opportunities with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County
Literacy Volunteers of Lake County is looking for volunteers to share their time and skills to help create awareness and grow partnerships in addressing illiteracy in our communities. There are opportunities to create flyers, help teams plan special events, connect with local organizations about adult literacy and complete tasks that support Literacy Volunteers. It’s a great way to help adult learners and meet others who are committed to improving adult literacy in Lake County.
If you or a friend or family member might be interested, please contact Becky Juroe at 847-625-8530 or bjuroe [at] hotmail [dot] com to learn more about getting involved with the Literacy Volunteers.