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Become an AmeriCorps member at the Literacy Council in 2019/20

Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year! Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps. Please follow the link below to fill out your application.

 

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.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County will host one full-time NC LiteracyCorps (an AmeriCorps Project) member beginning September 2019. The application period is now open and closes August 1.

The NC LiteracyCorps places members at literacy organizations, providing literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer management. The Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s member will: 

• provide direct service tutoring 
• recruit and orient volunteers
• recruit and support students 
• develop community partnerships 
• conduct visibility campaigns 
• manage a book gifting program 
• participate in national days of service

The Literacy Council’s full-time member will provide 1,700 hours of service with a 10-month commitment, receiving a living allowance of up to $13,992. Upon successful completion of requirements, the member will be eligible to receive an additional educational award.

Requirements to serve with the NC LiteracyCorps are that 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

The Literacy Council is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please follow the link for more details and to apply online: http://nclc.web.unc.edu/join-nclc/americorps-member/ You may also contact Nureena Faruqi (faruqi@email.unc.edu) or Ashley Lasher (ashley@litcouncil.com).

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Tutors: You Can Help Reduce The Student Waiting List

Help us recruit fabulous new tutors just like you!

We currently have waiting lists in all three Literacy Council tutoring programs, and we find that word-of-mouth recruitment is one of the most reliable ways to bring new tutors through our doors. 
 
There are two templates below for you to choose from. Please use whichever fits your schedule and preferences.

If you have two minutes to spare, send this email to everyone you know:

Hello friends,

Tutoring at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County has been a truly engaging and meaningful activity for me. Today I’m asking you to join me in this work because right now there are so many students asking for help and not enough volunteers to serve them. The Literacy Council runs on a staff of six people and serves about 325 students in the community. They accomplish this great feat through the commitment of over 200 volunteer tutors.

All three of their tutoring programs — Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, and English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOL) — currently have long waiting lists. Students on the waiting list are looking for help from a caring volunteer tutor to increase their basic literacy and English language skills.  These programs work, and they can change the course of a student’s life. Will you please join the cause and become a volunteer tutor? Click here to learn more: litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm 

If you have ten minutes to spare, share your LCBC story on social media. Here’s how:

  1. Upload a photo that has to do with your volunteer work at the Literacy Council. It can be a photo of you volunteering, your student studying, a stack of your favorite books… anything that reminds you of LCBC. If you’re stuck, you can download and use this image.

  2. Use 2-3 sentences to answer one of the following questions:
    – Why do you volunteer at the Literacy Council?
    – What was your favorite tutoring experience?
    – What makes your student special?

  3. Then include one of the following:
    – Please join me and become a volunteer tutor at the Literacy Council.  
    – You can impact a student’s life by becoming a volunteer tutor. 
    – Volunteer with me!

  4. End your post with the following: litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm #readersareleaders @Literacy Council of Buncombe County (on Facebook) or @LitCouncil (on Twitter)

Here is an example of Ashley Lasher’s Facebook post, the Literacy Council’s Executive Director:

One of my favorite times of the day is reading three bedtime books to Jeanette and Madelyn. And it’s more than just fun. Did you know that a caregiver’s reading level is the single greatest determinant in their child’s academic success? I support the Literacy Council of Buncombe County because I want ALL families to be able to enjoy bedtime books together. You can help a low-literate parent create generational impact by becoming a volunteer tutor. litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm #readersareleaders @litcouncil

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Upcoming Career Fairs

Is your student looking for a new or better job?

Please use the list below to help your student connect with potential employers.

Edington Center Career FairMay 8, 2019, 1:00-4:00 pm: “Connecting career seekers with living wages”

WNC Career Expo – Oct. 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: “The WNC Career Expo, hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, connects area employers with talented workers.”

+ online job seeking resource Mountain Area Careers

 

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2019 Spelling Bee Exceeds Goals

Literacy Council’s 28th Annual Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Bee, was an incredible success! We set a goal to raise $7,000 to help us to continue to provide free literacy tutoring and resources to children and adults in our community, with actual fundraising exceeding $11,000. This is an all-time record for our spelling bee events — way to go everyone!

 

This year’s crowned champions, Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts

 

First runner up went to team Extended Metaphors

 

Second runner up went to team SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself

 

Best team costume awarded to The Queen Bees

 

The intense (and hilarious) competition finally found a winner after four or five (we lost count) championship spell-off rounds, with Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts crowned as the victors!

See the action on WLOS!

First Prize Winner The Spelling Beasts won four tickets to see David Sedaris live at the US Cellular Center on April 14.

First Runner Up Extended Metaphors won three fun passes to Nantahala Outdoor Center and travel coffee mugs from The 828 Asheville Radio Group.

Second Runner Up SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself received a Hi-Wire Brewing group tour for up to 20 people.

Best Team Costume awarded to The Queen Bees received gift certificates to Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More.

Highest Fundraiser Spellbound by Food received three Spirit Airlines tickets.

Second Highest Fundraiser The Queen Bees received a 10-visit pass to the JCC Aquatic Center.

A huge thank-you to all the teams who competed this year: Bees’ Knees (Janet Jennings & friends); Bees Louise (Buncombe Partnership for Children); Extended Metaphors (Flatiron Writer’s Room & Gold Leaf Literary Agency); The Southern Spelles (Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe); SpellBinders (ESOL tutor team); Spellbound by Food (Chestnut/Corner Kitchen/Chupacabra Latin Cafe); SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself (Ben Fehsenfeld & friends); Spelling Beasts (Soomo Learning); Team Chai Pani (Chai Pani Restaurant); The Queen Bees (Adult Education tutor team); Those Who Spelt It Dealt It (Hobbit Hawes & friends); Word Buzzards (John Huie & friends)

Thank you to our wonderful emcee David Ostergaard; judges Peter Elgie, Robin Corden Payne, Tom Chalmers, and Emily Spies; and pronouncer Ken from the Mix 96.5 Afternoon Drive!

A big warm hug and thank-you to our in-kind donors: The Mothlight; Mellow Mushroom; Blue Moon Water; Cecilia’s Kitchen; Black Mountain Brewing; Grace Baptist West Asheville

More pictures!

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Reading Tips for Parents and Caregivers with Babies and Young Children

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the single most important things you can do for their educational future? Read on to learn tips for reading to your child from birth until kindergarten.

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has lots of experience with reading, and we encourage good reading habits for parents, caregivers, and their children. When your child receives their Imagination Library books, we ask you to do the following:

  • Begin reading to your child immediately
  • Read to your child at least five days per week
  • Read books multiple times
  • Snuggle, ask questions, notice letters, make sounds, have fun!

Birth to 2 Years Old

  • Begin reading to your child immediately. It may seem silly to read to very young children, but it will help you bond with your child and establish an important foundation for future learning. The earlier you start, the better the results!
  • Read to your child every day. Children who are avid readers were read to every day from a very young age. Make reading a regular event in your home.
  • Read books multiple times. Reading the same book over (and over) reinforces language development and encourages children to participate in the reading activity.

Reading = snuggling!

  • Read for short periods with your child on your lap or next to you. Being close to you is likely as important as the reading.

Keep books handy!

  • Set up a space to keep your child’s books where they will be accessible.

Be flexible!

  • Take a break if your child is unhappy or fussy. Read multiple times per day for short periods rather than one longer period if that works better.

2 to 3 Years Old

  • Begin reading to your child immediately. It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Reading to very young children helps develops early literacy skills.
  • Read to your child every day. Children who are avid readers were read to every day from a very young age. Make reading a regular event in your home.
  • Read books multiple times. Reading the same book over (and over) builds vocabulary and encourages children to participate in the reading activity.

Ask questions!

  • Ask your child simple questions about the book
    Examples: What was your favorite part of the book? Where did Corduroy go when he explored the store?

Notice letters!

  • Point out letters in the text. Example: Let’s find the m’s on this page

Flip it!

  • Have your child open the cover and turn the pages of the book while you read.

Name it!

  • Ask your child to name items in the pictures before reading the text.

Chime in!

  • Encourage your child to “read” with you on familiar books and repetitive text.

3 to 5 Years Old

  • Continue reading to your child as he/she ages. Children continue to benefit from being read to in the pre-school years, building essential early literacy skills as they grow into readers.
  • Read to your child every day. Children who have high interest in reading are read to every day, often by multiple people.Make reading a regular event that everyone participates in.
  • Read books multiple times. Reading the same book over (and over) encourages children to participate in the reading activity through contributing to the reading and asking questions.

Think about it!

  • Ask your child questions about the characters or the story that require predicting, imagining, or making inferences.
    Examples: How do you think Madeline feels right now? If you were Peter Rabbit, what would you do?

Make it relevant!

  • Relate books to your child’s life.
    Example: Can you think of a time you were reluctant to try something new like Little Burro?

Begin with sounds!

  • Point out beginning sounds.
    Example: Did you hear a word that started with the same MMMMM sound as your name?

Name it!

  • Practice letter names.
    Example: Name the letters you recognize on the cover of the book.

Read it!

  • Encourage your child to read common words.
    Example: This word, t-h-e, is the. Help me read “the” when you see it in the book

Encourage curiosity!

  • Respond to your child’s questions about letters, numbers, and reading.

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