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2014 Champions of Adult Literacy Honored

onnica gaglio speaking at Champions event DCLC adult learner Onnica Gaglio introduced Clarifi as DCLC's 2014 Champion of Financial Literacy

“The teachers and volunteers helped me find the drive and courage I needed. They taught me to believe in myself,” Onnica Gaglio told the crowd at this year’s Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser. Ms. Gaglio is a student at the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC), which celebrated the 2014 Champions of Adult Literacy on November 13 at Harrah’s in Chester.

Honored as Champions this year were Kristin Ball Motley, Rep. Joe Hackett, and Clarifi. Each champion was introduced by a DCLC student like Onnica, who shared her personal story of learning and striving while studying at the Literacy Council.

The three honorees were chosen for their valuable work helping adults in the areas of health literacy, adult education, and financial literacy, respectively. 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.

Sponsors of Champions of Adult Literacy include: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Harrah's Philadelphia, 320 Market Café, Boeing Helicopters Credit Union, The Philadelphia Foundation. Crozer-Keystone Health System, King's Automotive, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Swarthmore Rotary Club, Bryn Mawr Trust, John Cipollone Heating & Cooling, Rolyn Companies, Baker Printing, Beneficial Bank, Perri Evanson Homes, and Plush Mills Senior Living.

A gift-basket auction rounded out the evening’s festivities. Many exciting prizes were donated by local businesses and organizations—from sports tickets to restaurant gift cards to holiday collectibles—and then raffled off to lucky guests.

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 December 20, 2014, through January 2, 2015, for the winter holidays. DCLC plans to be open on Monday, January 5, 2015, but this date may change due to planned repairs to the building.Please check our facebook page to make sure we are open if you plan to visit on the week of January 5.

Join us to Discuss Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl on Monday, December 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, December 8, at Noon, to discuss Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl, a memoir from the former editor of Gourmet magazine. "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.

December Selection:
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen