Two local businesses are offering creative and delicious ways to support the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) this spring.
Every Wednesday in April, May, and June, 320 Market Café in Swarthmore will hold a Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will support the Literacy Council. By paying the special Happy Hour charge of $5, customers will be able to enjoy all of 320 Market's draught beers for half-price, with 320 Market Café matching each $5 paid with a donation of $5 to DCLC. Enjoy delicious food and a large selection of craft beers at the 320 Market Café's Swarthmore location, 713 Chester Road, Swarthmore PA 19081. Their phone number is 610-328-7211.
On Tuesday, May 13, Iron Hill in Media will once again host a “Give 20” Event to benefit DCLC. Print out a copy of this Give 20 Coupon and present it to your server at Iron Hill on Tuesday, May 13, and Iron Hill will make a donation equal to 20% of your food bill. Iron Hill is located at 30 East State Road, Media PA 19063. Their phone number is 610-627-9000. Reservations for evening dining are recommended and can be made on-line here. No coupons can be handed out at the restaurant, so please print your coupon in advance and join us on May 13.
Helping adults learn to read, write, speak English, get better jobs, and continue on to further training has never been easier or more enjoyable! Thank you to 320 Market Cafe and Iron Hill for supporting literacy in Delaware County.
On February 19, DCLC held a graduation ceremony to honor the 33 DCLC students who, through much hard work and dedication, earned their GEDs between June and December of 2013.The celebration honored the graduates for completing their GEDs by the December 2013 deadline. A brand-new GED test with computer-based testing began in January 2014, and no test scores from previous years will be applied to the new test.
The uplifting event was held at Chester City Hall and featured two student speakers, as well as remarks by the Honorable John Linder, Mayor of Chester, and GED Instructor Ann Gilligan.
Mayor Linder told the graduates that the word “education” derives from a Latin word meaning “exit” and so symbolizes “a way out of your circumstances.” He congratulated the students and assured them that they have many more options now that they have a GED.
Eric Belgrave (seen at right), one of two student speakers at the event, credited the Literacy Council with instilling in him “the strength and inspiration I need so I won’t give up on myself.”
Mr. Belgrave spoke of setting his sights on “completing my education and getting a good job” when he came to the Literacy Council in 2011 after failing twelfth grade many years earlier. He then described how his dedication and focus paid off when he completed a retail job-training program and was hired at the Price Rite in Secane in May 2013 and then earned his GED in October 2013.
Ave Evans, the other student speaker, described studying for the GED as stressful but as an important step that would help her “secure my and my children’s future.” She assured her fellow graduates that she is already busy creating that future, as she is now enrolled in a Dental Assistant program and plans to complete the program by 2015.
Delaware County Council Member John McBlain, and Chester City Council Members William Jacobs, Nafis Nichols, Portia West, and Elizabeth Williams were on hand to congratulate the graduates. Council Member Williams was instrumental in arranging for the ceremony to be held at City Hall.
To honor the accomplishments of DCLC’s GED graduates, the DCLC Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund to aid students who choose to pursue higher education after earning their GEDs.
Everyone at DCLC extends our congratulations to all of these inspiring graduates!
In January 2014, the GED® Testing Service is changing the test. The content of the new GED test will be more complex, and the test will be administered on the computer. That means that adults who have passed some but not all of the test by December 2013 will lose all of their passing scores and will have to start from the beginning. At DCLC, we offer free classes and materials to adults who need to improve their skills before taking the GED test.
Not having a high school diploma can hurt a person’s ability to get a job and to earn a living wage once employed. In Delaware County there are 50,400 adults, 9% of our population, who did not complete high school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that people without a high school diploma or GED have an unemployment rate 50% higher than people with a diploma or GED.
Throughout 2013 DCLC will be focusing on helping adult learners who have already passed at least one of the GED tests and would like to finish by the end of the year.
Read DCLC Executive Director Kate Hyzer’s letter to the editor on this subject, published in the Delaware County Daily Times in February 2013.
To facilitate the transition to the 2014 GED test, computer-based GED testing is now available at many sites throughout the United States. Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) will be opening a computer-based GED testing site in 2014 that will provide more options for students working hard to prepare for the GED. Once the site is up and running, students will be able to schedule and take the new solely computer-based 2014 GED tests here at DCLC.
According to the GED Testing Service, adults who take the GED test on computer are finishing faster and scoring higher. The video below clarifies the difference between a computer-based test and an on-line test (not an option for the GED). To learn more, visit www.GEDcomputer.com.
The DCLC building will be closed Friday, April 18, 2014, in honor of the Good Friday holiday. Please note that DCLC closes for inclement weather when both Upper Darby School District and Chester Upland School District are closed.
DCLC adult learner Henrietta Dua received Sun East Federal Credit Union’s “People Helping People”; award last June for an essay about her efforts to raise money and build a school for a village named Sesame in Ghana, Africa. All DCLC adult learners were eligible to enter the contest, which asked DCLC students to write about a personal experience of volunteering in the community and its impact. Henrietta (center in photo) won $100, courtesy of Sun East Federal Credit Union, which she received personally from Wes Crane (at left in photo) and Denise Romanelli of Sun East Federal Credit Union. Henrietta studies reading in a small group with volunteer tutor Peter Matthews (at right in photo), who provided support and guidance as she prepared and submitted her contest entry.
Several DCLC adult learners who volunteered in the community entered this year's contest. DCLC would like to congratulate Henrietta and all the contest participants and to express sincere appreciation to Sun East Federal Credit Union for sponsoring "People Helping People." For more inspirational stories by and about DCLC’s adult learners,
visit our Student Showcase and our Student of the Month feature.
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 training for new volunteers who will tutor in reading (also called Adult Basic Education, or ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), or math is offered throughout the year. Volunteer Math Tutors are asked to take a Reading (ABE) Tutor training and a 3-hour Math Refresher training. All trainings are held at the Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. 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.
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, May 12, at Noon, to discuss Neverland, J. M. Barrie, The Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan, by Piers Dudgeon. This nonfiction work explores a variety of sources about the life of J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, to try to come to some conclusions about the author's unusual behavior.
In general, "One Book...One Literacy Council" meets 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.