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DCLC Celebrates 40 Years: Add Your Voice to the Story

In 1975 a group of intrepid volunteers, including our current Master Tutor Trainer Bob Preston, started training volunteers to teach their adult neighbors to read and write. With a few twists and turns along the way, the movement gained momentum, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and exists today as the Delaware County Literacy Council!

DCLC 1975-2015, 40 Years!

We are excited to celebrate 40 years of helping adults to improve their literacy skills, to earn their GEDs, to learn English for the first time, and to get and keep good jobs.

We have many celebrations planned throughout 2015, starting with the unveiling of our refreshed logo (at right). To properly commemorate the last 40 years, however, we want to hear from you —the inspiring individuals who make up the Delaware County Literacy Council.

Are you a student who took that brave step to improve your life by studying at the Literacy Council? Are you a volunteer tutor who has shared your time and talent to help another adult in your community to succeed? Maybe you were a teacher or a member of the staff who remembers what the Literacy Council was like way back in the '70s, '80s, or 90s! We want to hear your story!

We have created a special 40th Anniversary Facebook page where people can share their experiences and get to know some of the individuals who make the Literacy Council so special.

Find the page ( and comment on the current post, answering such questions as "Do you remember your very first day at the Literacy Council?" Or leave your story as a comment when you like the page. If you prefer not to post directly, send your story to Susan Keller at

We estimate there have been more than 18,000 students served by the Literacy Council in the last 40 years. Include the tutors, teachers, supporters, and staff involved in helping these adult students achieve their goals, and it adds up to an impressive number of inspirational stories. We celebrate each and every success, and we look forward to reading about your particular Literacy Council journey!

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 Saturdays, April 25 and May 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Monday/Wednesday evenings, May 4 and 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on Tuesday, May 26, 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 Friday, April 3, 2015, in observance of Good Friday. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, DCLC closes only when both Chester Upland School District and Upper Darby School District are closed.

Join us to Discuss Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky on Monday, April 13

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, April 13, at Noon, to discuss Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. "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.

March Selection:
Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky