At the beginning of the school year, Travis was the smallest student in his first grade class. Although his teacher thought that he seemed intelligent, he tested into the lowest reading group. While half of his peers read sentences, Travis struggled to read the letters b, d, g, q, p, n, h, r, u and v. He wrote letters backwards and confused capital letters with lowercase ones. He could write no words. Travis scored below grade level in six out of seven assessments that composed his Augustine Project pre-test.
And the winner is . . . The Diadasias from Warren Wilson
The Literacy Council held its 24th annual Spelling Bee Tuesday, April 28th at the Millroom in downtown Asheville. The event was successful in many ways. Attendance was great, spellers were competitive, and fundraising was high!
According to Points of Light, this observance encourages individuals and communities “to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”
Thank you to our wonderful Augustine Project tutor, Linda Laufer, who sent in the following inspiring story about her student. We will call this student Stan for the sake of his privacy.
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.