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Who Will Be This Year’s “Champions of Adult Literacy”?

DCLC's 2013 "Champions of Adult Literacy"
Last year’s “Champions of Adult Literacy“ (left to right): Reverend Timothy Witmer of Crossroads Community Church, Chester Mayor John Linder, and Phil Heron
of the Delaware County Daily Times.

Champions change lives! The Literacy Council wants to recognize local leaders who help adults in the areas of health literacy, financial literacy, job readiness, or citizenship skills by honoring them at our “Champions of Adult Literacy” Awards Reception and Fundraiser on November 13, 2014, at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA.

If you know someone who helps adults improve their lives in these areas, nominate that person or organization to become a Champion of Adult Literacy. DCLC is currently accepting nominations. Find the nomination form here.

Last year’s event honored three local champions: Crossroads Community Church of Upper Darby; the Honorable John Linder, Mayor of Chester; and Phil Heron, Editor of the Delaware County Daily Times (all pictured at right).

“We realize that our adult students need a variety of resources and support to live fulfilling lives and obtain good jobs,” says DCLC Executive Director Kate Hyzer. “The Champions of Adult Literacy event gives us the opportunity to recognize others in the community who are doing great work that benefits our students.”

For more information on “Champions of Adult Literacy,” including how to become a sponsor of the event, 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 Saturdays, September 13 and 20, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday, September 15 and 17, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, October 15, 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. 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 have special hours during the first week of September: The building will be closed Monday,September 1, 2014, in honor of Labor Day, and will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, September 2-4. Also, please note that every Friday from May 23 to August 29, 2014, DCLC will close at 3:00 p.m.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier to be Discussed Sept. 8

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, September 8, at Noon to discuss Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier. "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.

August/September Selection:
Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier