When Edith first came to the US six years ago, she could hardly speak a word of English. Fast forward to December 2014, and she has just become the Literacy Council’s eighth student this year to pass the US Naturalization Exam and become a citizen – a feat that, sadly, many US-born native English speakers could not manage without some serious studying.
Over the holidays the Literacy Council had three articles published in the local news.
Last November, I answered a phone call from a prospective Adult Education student. After hearing about our program, he was excited to proceed. I suggested that he come in for an intake meeting with me. I asked his name and typed it into my online calendar. I wrote “R.J. Davids- Intake” in the 1:00 time slot on November 22nd. Smiling, I continued my work day. I am always happy when a new student reaches out for reading help.
When I first met Richard in November of 2013, he was homeless and jobless. He did own a car and when he could not find temporary housing, this is where he slept. At times, Richard would need to pawn possessions, like his guitar, to earn gas money so that he could drive himself to meet his tutor. Richard read below the first grade level.