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2014 Champions of Adult Literacy Announced!
Help Us Honor Them Nov. 13 at Harrah’s

2014 Champions of Adult Literacy
DCLC's 2014 Champions of Adult Literacy (left to right) are PA Rep. Joe Hackett for Adult Education;
Maureen Keown and Amber Abdourahamane
of Clarifi for Financial Literacy; and
Kristin Ball Motely for Health Literacy.

The wait is over! DCLC's 2014 Champions of Adult Literacy have been announced!

Kristin Ball Motley, Pennsylvania State Representative Joe Hackett, and Clarifi are the 2014 Champions of Adult Literacy.

These community leaders will be honored at the second annual Champions of Adult Literacy Awards Reception and Fundraiser on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester PA. Tickets ($35/person) can be purchased here (write "Champions tix" in comments.

The three honorees were chosen for their valuable work helping adults in the areas of health literacy, adult education, and financial literacy. These Champions provide services and advocacy that help local adults live more fulfilling lives. Their efforts can be especially important to the adult students who come to DCLC for free literacy instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), basic literacy skills, and GED preparation.

Kristin Ball Motley, Doctor of Pharmacy, was chosen as the 2014 Champion of Health Literacy because of her work helping adults become more literate about their medications. Recognizing how difficult it is to manage multiple medications or to cope with chronic diseases such as diabetes, Dr. Motley founded Health Care Solutions of Delaware Valley. Through Health Care Solutions, she offers one-on-one consultations to advise patients regarding the cost, dosage, and side effects of their medications.

Sherrice Hill and Rep Joe Hackett DCLC adult learner Sherrice Hill (left) was able to keep her previous GED scores thanks to efforts by PA Rep. Joe Hackett, DCLC's 2014 Champion of Adult Education.

Pennsylvania Representative Joseph T. Hackett is DCLC's 2014 Champion of Adult Education. Rep. Hackett introduced legislation to assist Pennsylvania adults who passed some but not all of the GED tests before the transition to the new 2014 GED test. Because of his efforts, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) now has a process for students to count their passing scores from 2002 to 2013. Now many DCLC students do not have to retake tests they have already passed and can continue their current GED studies, encouraged by their improved chances for success.

Clarifi, a local nonprofit that helps adults take positive steps to increase their financial knowledge and better manage their financial goals, is DCLC’s Champion of Financial Literacy. Clarifi—formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley—has been active in Delaware County for over 20 years through one-on-one financial and housing counseling in its Media office and through education programs and outreach throughout the county. Effective help from excellent resources such as Clarifi can help DCLC students reach their goals.

Please join us to honor these amazing Champions on November 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harrah’s Casino in Chester PA. The event will include adult students sharing their success stories, an awards ceremony to honor the Champions, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a ticket auction with locally donated prizes.

Sponsors of Champions of Adult Literacy include: Hall of Fame Sponsor Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union; All-Star Sponsors 320 Market Café, Boeing Helicopters Credit Union, and The Philadelphia Foundation; Gold Sponsors Crozer-Keystone Health System, King's Automotive, and Swarthmore Rotary Club; Silver Sponsors Bryn Mawr Trust and Rolyn Companies; and Bronze Sponsors Baker Printing, Beneficial Bank, Perri Evanson Homes, and Plush Mills Senior Living. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for the order form.

For more information on Champions of Adult Literacy, including how to become a sponsor of the event or purchase tickets ($35/person), please call 610-876-4811.

DCLC's April 2014 Student of the Month

Student Spotlight: Blaker Kpamia
Takes Major Steps Toward Her Goal

Adult student Blaker Kpamia (at right in photo) has shown determination and perseverance during her four years of studying reading and writing at Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC). Recently Blaker passed two tests needed to enter a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program. Because of this achievement, Blaker's current volunteer tutor, Monica Pasquarella (at left in photo), nominated her to be recognized as Student of the Month for April 2014.

Monica highlighted Blaker's hard work and enthusiasm in her nomination. Congratulations, Blaker! For more inspirational stories by and about DCLC’s adult students, visit our Student Showcase and our Student of the Month features.

Free GED, ESL, Basic Literacy Services for Adults

Adults interested in GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Basic Literacy instruction or tutoring should contact DCLC at 610.876.4811 to learn about the intake process. New students will be enrolled in orientation sessions throughout 2013. Services available include classes, small-group instruction, and one-on-one tutoring at various Delaware County locations. Read more ….

Free Tutor Training Available for New Volunteers

Free training for new volunteers who will tutor in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered throughout the year. The next ABE Tutor Training will be held Tuesday/Thursday evenings, February 3, 5, 10, and 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Monday/Wednesday, February 9 and 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All trainings are held at the Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Bachelor's degree, attendance at all sessions, and pre-registration are required.

Call Melina at 610.876.4811 to discuss volunteer opportunities and the application process, or read more about how to become a volunteer tutor.

DCLC Building Has Modified Hours

The DCLC building will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 26 through 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join us to Discuss Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin on Monday, November 10

Join a group of DCLC tutors and other book lovers in reading a work of literature each month to promote reading and to share ideas about the books that are read.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” will next meet on Monday, November 10, at Noon, to discuss Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin, a memoir from an accomplished animal scientist who has autism. "One Book...One Literacy Council" meets regularly on the second Monday of each month.

The meeting will take place at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informal gathering. All are welcome. No RSVP is required.

Participants also can post their reactions to the book on our blog.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group reads books of mutual interest and meets regularly (usually the second Monday of the month) to discuss them. To learn which books have been discussed previously by the group, read our list of past books.

October Selection:
Thinking in Pictures
by Temple Grandin