On July 14, WLOS aired a story on the increased number of people seeking citizenship during this election year. The five-minute segment features a Literacy Council student, volunteer tutor, and our ESOL Director, Erin Sebelius.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library families participated in an Early Literacy Workshop at Pack Library on Friday, July 29.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Workshops focus on a different pre-school age each session. Friday’s workshop, the fourth in the series, was geared toward developing early literacy skills for children aged 3-5 years old. Children and their families learned about the importance of the Five Ws and One H: “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” “how.”
“[My son] had a great time – he loved making the story, getting to sing the songs, playing the musical instrument … and the pepperoni pizza!!”
Children practiced using these important building-block words in the following ways:
- Learning how to say the words in sign language
- Playing instruments and singing a song about the Five Ws and One H
- Composing stories as a group using the Five Ws and One H
- Creating a story individually using the Five Ws and One H
The workshop included a free lunch and ended with literacy game stations, such as alphabet bean bag toss, color puzzles, and building blocks.
“Thanks for hosting us! We’ve been practicing our sign language at home.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how you can get involved with the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Update Aug. 9, 2016: This position has been filled.
Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.
NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:
- provide direct service tutoring,
- recruit and orient volunteers,
- recruit and support students,
- develop and enhance community partnerships,
- conduct visibility campaigns, and
- participate in national days of service.
The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in late August 2016 and complete his/her service year in July 2017. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1700 hours of service.
Benefits to the Member
NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $12,300 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,775. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.
To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:
- be at least 17 years old
- have a high school diploma or equivalent
- successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
- be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States
Preferred qualifications are:
- a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
- excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
- outstanding written and oral communication skills
- a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
- ability to work independently and collaboratively
- creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
- available to work occasional evenings
Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction
featuring New York Times bestselling author
October 14, 2016 | 6-9pm | Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Author of best selling novels A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, Authors for Literacy keynote speaker Wiley Cash writes (and speaks) with a North Carolinian perspective. Watch below as Wiley showcases his alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, after publishing A Land More Kind Than Home.
Cash’s brother, comedian Cliff Cash, will emcee the event
A rising star on the comedy circuit, Cliff Cash finds the innate humor in Southern culture. Watch Wiley Cash taking questions from readers with a little help from his younger brother, Cliff below.
When Lupe came to the Literacy Council in the fall of 2013, he was already reading and speaking English at a high-intermediate level but did not know how to write in English. He’d been in the US for several years – since he was 16 years old – but had never attended school here. Now he runs a successful construction business where his steadily-improving writing skills are put to good use in communication with both suppliers and clients.