The Literacy Council welcomes new Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is pleased to announce the selection of their new Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld. Cindy moved to Western North Carolina in 2011 to become the Executive Director of MANNA FoodBank and served in that capacity for five years. During that period, food distribution increased by 60% and the facilities were expanded through a $2 million capital campaign to increase the focus on healthy foods.

Cindy’s career has included overseas positions with the Peace Corps and international development organizations in six countries around the world, including Guatemala, Ecuador, Zambia, and The Philippines. 

“My work in WNC has been a stark reminder of the extent of poverty and inequality in our own community. Literacy is critical to break the cycle and open opportunities for education, employment, and healthy families. It is basic for those of us fortunate enough to take it for granted, and essential to those who struggle to attain it. I am excited to work with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County to create a community in which literacy is achievable for all.”

Threlkeld’s first official event will be at the Literacy Council’s upcoming Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Daniel Wallace on October 25 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. Ticket information is available here.

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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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How to help your student show improvement on their post-test

 
Update 5/31: Check here throughout post-testing season to see how many Literacy Council students have improved scores by a full level! If you have not received your students’ post test yet, please contact your Program Director, Erin or Rebecca.

What you can do to help your student do their best on the annual post-test:

  • Teach your student for two hours every week, asking for substitutes when you’re away, and turn your attendance records in on time! The attendance records are crucial for us in determining when your student is due for a post-test. Hours also count towards the Literacy Council’s student outcomes, helping us retain critical funding.

  • Attend a post-test prep in-service workshop for tutors, to learn more about the test itself and the practice materials. Upcoming workshops: March 7 from 5:30-7:00pm and March 15 from 1:00-2:30pm. RSVP to esol@litcouncil.com

  • Beginning in the spring, incorporate test preparation into your lessons. Use the practice tests provided by the test manufacturers and others. This will help your student feel more comfortable and confident when you do administer their post-test, and it will provide you with information about the specific areas where your student needs to practice further. You’ll need to know which test (CASAS or TABE) your student will be taking, and which level. Check the Student Evaluation Report you received when you started with your student to see which pre-test they took, or contact your Program Director (Rebecca or Erin) to confirm. Three different types of CASAS practice tests are available here. TABE practice tests will be posted there soon; until then you can get them here. We’ll distribute these in the post-test workshops as well.

  • Watch your email and USPS for testing information and packets. Administer the test and get it back to us by the deadline indicated.

  • Let us know if you have any questions at all about this!

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A Holiday Gift from J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates, Inc.

Thank you to J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates, Inc. for making an incredible contribution to the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a holiday gift on behalf of their clients. Their donation will help give children in our community the head start they deserve and truly change their lives forever:

As part of this thoughtful gift, some J.B. Adams, Jr and Associates clients recalled their favorite children’s (or otherwise) books to share with us:

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Wapiti Wilderness by Margaret and Olaus Murie
  • Old Black Witch by Wende Devlin, Harry Devlin
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Rosie and the Rustlers by Roy Gerrard
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

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Tutor a child, change a life.

An unmet need and a substantial waiting list

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s biggest current need is additional volunteer tutors for the Augustine Project. This program serves low-income children who read, write, and/or spell below grade level.  The current waiting list has more than 50 children seeking tutoring. Tutoring is one-on-one and every new tutor we train will be matched with a student from our waiting list who desperately needs literacy tutoring to catch up with their classmates.

New training model makes it easier to become an Augustine tutor

We have made the training commitment easier, working with current and potential volunteers to restructure the timing, content, and delivery of the volunteer training. 

Augustine Project volunteer tutor training will take place Jan. 14-18, 9am-4pm. After training, tutors will spend two hours per week with their student. New tutors can typically be matched with students at schools of their choice.

Contact Rebecca to sign up today! rebecca@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 x202

Create the impact of a lifetime

“The Augustine Project and Mary Fraser (my son’s tutor) have been an answer to our prayers…  This program has helped Graham’s reading  immensely, and his self esteem has also improved. Our family is truly blessed by this program and by the help that Mary has provided.” 

Barbara, an Augustine Project student’s mother

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