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May 2016 News


Show your love for LITERACY!

The more you give,
th
e more we’ll get.

Join us online for The Great Give® 2016 – a community-wide giving event to benefit nonprofits serving the Greater New Haven region

Over a 36-hour period, $190,000 will be distributed in matching funds and prizes to the nonprofits that raise the most money, attract the most number of donors and the most number of new donors…and more!

Choose LITERACY and visit
thegreatgive.org
to donate to LVSCT.


 
UPCOMING EVENTS

May
3-4 Great Give
11- Ribbon Cutting, Stratford Library
25- Tutor training, Milford, 5 weeks
26- Barnes and Noble Book Fair, Princess Tea Party
30- Memorial Day, closed

July
4- Independence Day, closed
9- Neon Night Run– Downtown Milford
28- Barnes and Noble Book Fair, Finding Dory/Finding Nemo

September
21- Tutor Training classes begin- Milford

October

Tutor Training classes begin- Stratford
Computer class begins- Milford

November
15- Philanthropy day

December
3- Ugly Sweater Run
8- Barnes and Noble Book Fair- Frozen

English Classes

Monday, 6:30 pm- Conversation Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care, Meadowside School (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class, LVSCT
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Click for more info or call to sign up, 203-878-4800



Celebrating Culture

Tutors and students gathered at the Milford Elks Lodge on Tuesday, April 26 for a Multicultural Celebration and to celebrate accomplishments, anniversaries and share cultural dishes. 

Above, Tami Jackson congratulates students on their accomplishments.


Left, Sonom Sherpa in the orange scarf is surrounded by her tutor Jackie Hennessey (r) and family and friend.  

Above, Volunteers gathered for Volunteer Appreciation Month at the Multicultural Celebration. A special thank you to the Junior Woman’s Club of Milford for hosting our event.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS HOLDS 3rd Annual “NEON NIGHTRUN”
IN A 5 K RUN/WALK FOR LITERACY UNDER THE STARS

MILFORD, CT, May 2016 — Run or walk, and catch a rising star for literacy at The Literacy Volunteer’s annual 2016 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on
Saturday, July 9, 2016. This luminescent neon night will convene at the Rotary Pavilion at
6:30 – 7:45 PM for registration. 8:00 PM is GO (when the race starts). Sponsored by The Milford Bank, Cohen and Wolf, PC’s, Attorneys at Law, Star 99 and Stonebridge Restaurant.

The registration fee is $35. The first 250 online registrants will receive a free NEON T-shirt, glow necklace, BIB and Computer Chip Timed and goodie bag as they run, walk, and help raise funds in support of the Center’s vital literacy programs for hundreds of local adults and children in need of its educational services. Additional neon items and t-shirts will be for sale.

Under a canopy of stars, the timed 3.1-mile challenge will begin and end at the Rotary Pavilion in a grand finale filled with awards for runners and walkers for fastest/best costumes/most enthusiastic/most NEON/Best time/highest pledges and many more.
Register below or call 203-878-4800 for additional information.

After-party and NEON drink specials will follow at STONEBRIDGE RESTAURANT for participants who are 21 years and older.

“Our neon night race promises to be an exciting event.” says Tami Jackson, the Center’s Executive Director, “We hope everyone can make it — and be all aglow as they run and walk for the great cause of literacy!”




Register TODAY!

Ways to Support
Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.  


  • Copy Paper
  • Tissues
  • Stamps
  • Water Bottles
  • Tape
  • Birthday wrapping paper, generic
  • Gently used children’s books

  • Volunteers to work at our Satellite offices at Milford Library and Stratford Library.
  • Volunteer driver to drop off books.
  • Help with the Neon Night Run.
  • Become a Tutor
  • Coordinate a book drive

LVSCT | Email | Website

 
The Literacy Center- Main Office

Fannie Beach Community Center
16 Dixon Street
Milford, CT 06460
Ph: 203-878-4800
Fax: 203-878-1080

Satellite Office Hours at Milford Library (Monday 10:00 – 11:30)  
and Stratford Library (Wednesday 10:00 11:30).


April 2016 News

Student Essays: 
USA 2016 Election

I believe that the U.S. deserves a good President that represents our country’s high standards. It is important to remember these standards during (the particularly ridiculous) primary season we are currently in.  We need to nominate and elect the most qualified person for the job. Being President of the United States of America is a big responsibility.   

Many people count on him/her to make serious decisions.  He/she must be able to deal with international leaders, and give people confidence that as President he/she is informed when it comes to facts, names and history behind our policies both domestic and international.   
Americans want someone who is capable of making the right decisions in all matters. Americans are wise and good hearted, and this has allowed us to develop with respect and consideration. At some point, all Americans were immigrants with many dreams that we wished to achieve.  And what Americans need is a President who will represent the values which will allow us to continue to live in the U.S. safely, respectfully, and with honor. Americans – we are sensitive people; and I think we will make a sensible choice in the end. God Bless America.

Author: Victoria Abbaspour

Country: Ecuador

Tutor: Barbara Ekman

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

April
26– Multicultural Night and Literacy Awards


May
3-4 Great Give

July
4- Independence Day, closed
9- Neon Night Run– Downtown Milford

September
Tutor Training classes begin- Milford

October

Tutor Training classes begin- Stratford
Computer class begins- Milford

November
15- Philanthropy day

December
3- Ugly Sweater Run

English Classes
Monday, 6:30 pm- Conversation Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care, Meadowside School (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class, LVSCT
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Click for more info or call to sign up, 203-878-4800




 LVSCT’s Multicultural Celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 26.  It is a time for celebrating literacy volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Month and to celebrate our student accomplishments.  Zoe Beck will read her student’s essay by Lester Mitchell, My Life and Sonom Sherpa will read My Adventures in Napal.  Guests will bring native pot luck dishes.


Several awards will be handed out. 
Thank you to the Junior Woman’s Club of Milford for sponsoring the event.



Volunteer Award    
Barbara Rose and Leslie Donnelly




Anniversaries     
15 Years- Flo Berrien and John Scalici
10 Years- David Gregory, Judy Darak, Gail Haas
5 Years-   Marcus Sopher, Jack Gleason,
Ann Loesch, Martha Salmon


Student’s Accomplishments


Citizenship- Eamheong Chay

Dean’s List- Alla Bytsiuk

            Enrolled in  College- Mohammed    nbsp;  
     Alharbali 
Got a job- Victoria Abbaspour    
Congratulations to all!

______________________________________


 

Congratulations Betty Gerner!

The United Way of Milford will be holding its annual Community Builders Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 27, at Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the Dinner, the United Way will honor those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service within the Milford community, as well as organizations and individuals who have contributed to the success of the 2015-16 Campaign. 

This year’s “Stars of Milford” honorees are:
Rick George (Lifetime Achievement Award), Scott Moulton (Spirit of Milford Award), Thomas Isaac (Meeting Critical Needs Award), Betty Gerner (Strengthening Families Award), The Honorable Pam Staneski (Champion of Caring Award), Linda Ball (Distinguished Service Award), Diane Razzaia (Nurturing Children Award), and Sasha Somuah (Youth Leadership Award).

Join us as we celebrate literacy volunteer, Betty Gerner!  
Tickets are $35.00.  Call the Center to reserve your seat.  


THANK YOU

Chip’s Family Restaurant in Orange held a Pancake fundraiser to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Southern CT.  The Chatzopoulos family immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1987 and worked in the restaurant business for many years.  Friends gathered for dinner with raffles on a chilly Tuesday night.

Thank you Chip’s! 

 

Show your love for LITERACY on May 3-4!

The more you give, the more we’ll get.

Mark your calendars now to join us online in three weeks for The Great Give® 2016 – the seventh major community-wide giving event to benefit nonprofits serving the Greater New Haven region. Over a 36-hour period, $190,000 will be distributed in matching funds and prizes to the nonprofits that raise the most money, attract the most number of donors and the most number of new donors…and more!

There are over 400 nonprofits from which to choose this year Visit thegreatgive.org for details.

Ways to Support the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.  

LVSCT | Email | Website

 
The Literacy Center- Main Office

Fannie Beach Community Center
16 Dixon Street
Milford, CT 06460
Ph: 203-878-4800
Fax: 203-878-1080

Satellite Office Hours at Milford Library (Monday 10:00 – 11:30)  
and Stratford Library (Wednesday 10:00 11:30).


March 2016 News

My Home

I was born in Syria. My parents, sisters and brothers still live there. I miss them. I will never be able to go back home. We lived in mountains where sometimes it snows like here in Connecticut. Damascus is a beautiful city. It is the oldest capital city in the world. The first alphabet was from Damascus. It is a gift from Syria to the world.  

I went to Damascus University. I received my degree in journalism. When I went to the university it was safe to walk on the street, even at night. No one would stop you. It is different now. Police arrested my younger sister for two hours as she was walking to the university to take an exam. There were people fighting in the
street; my sister and her friend hid in a vault in a cemetery until it was safe to come out.  

My older sister is a teacher. Her school was bombed. A boy was injured. He told her that he did not want to go to the hospital because he did not want to lose his leg. One young girl died last week. She was shot by a gun through a
window. She had also been a sick child because she had breathed in chemical weapons. My sister tells her students to keep coming to school. She sees them on the street selling candy and cookies to get money for food. She will buy it to try to help them get back to school. Going to school can help them learn so they will be able to be free. Education used to be important in Syria. Many children now cannot even go to school for the elementary grades. We face a big problem in Syria because children can no longer read and write.  

Everyone used to have good relationships with each other in Syria. I had friends, and celebrated holidays, with people of many religions. We do not know what happened. We don’t know who can be trusted. The government isn’t good and the terrorists kill innocent children every day. The terrorists are a danger to Islam first and then to the rest of the world. It is so sad. There are so many thoughts in my head but I don’t have the words to describe the feelings. It is like we have a lost generation.  The holy book I know does not ask for killing. God asks for people to be good. Terrorists change the meaning for bad. Violence and terrorism are bad things for Muslims and for all people. I want God to bless all people.  

I left Syria a couple of months before the Syrian revolution started. I went to Saudi Arabia with my husband. He is a dentist there. He did not want to come to America because he would have to give up his profession here and start all over. I did not want to stay in Saudi Arabia because I would not be able to work or drive there; women have few rights. I wanted a better life for my children and myself. My husband told the children, “If your mother wants to go to America she can”. I came here one year ago with my two young children; my baby was born here. Milford is now our home. I love America, and the people in Milford are very nice.  I am working hard at learning English so that I can get a job. I would one day like to be able to work in the journalism field. I want to help people change their minds about Syria. I want to be an inspiration for my children. I want to say thank you.  
Student: Thanad Burghleh           
Country: Syria
Tutor: Sara Galullo

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

March
2- Tutor Training, Stratford Library, 6-8 pm
2- Computer Class begins
13- Leprechaun Leap, Walnut Beach 3:00


April

5
– Chip’s Pancake Fundraiser, Chip’s in Orange
27- Multicultural Night and Literacy Awards

English Classes
Monday, 6:30 pm- Conversation Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care, Meadowside School (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class, LVSCT
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Click for more info or call to sign up, 203-878-4800


  10 Years of Leaping!

Tutor Trainer and long time Literacy Volunteer, Betty Gerner will be taking the Leap for Literacy on Sunday, March 13.  This will be her 10th year!  We are collecting donations at the Center to sponsor her.  If you would like to show your support and make a donation in Betty’s name, please stop by or mail.  She will also need a “cheering” team, so stop down next week and cheer on our leapers as they support a great cause, Literacy.
Ways to Support the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.  

LVSCT | Email | Website

 
The Literacy Center- Main Office

Fannie Beach Community Center
16 Dixon Street
Milford, CT 06460
Ph: 203-878-4800
Fax: 203-878-1080

Satellite Office Hours at Milford Library (Monday 10:00 – 11:30)  
and Stratford Library (Wednesday 10:00 11:30).


February 2016 News


We Have a New Name 

The Literacy Center of Milford, Inc. has undergone a name change to Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut, Inc.  The Literacy Center of Milford has been tutoring adults in the Greater Milford area, including 10 surrounding cities for 20 years.  “We service many more communities than just Milford,” says Executive Director Tami Jackson.  “It became important for us to change our name to properly serve the immigrant population and meet the needs as it continues to grow.”  
My Favorite Vacation

My favorite vacation was with my two daughters to Nevada, Arizona and Utah in the summer of 2013.

I planned a good itinerary. We rented a car from Las Vegas and drove first to Bryce Canyon National Park, where we spent two nights. The scenic view of red, orange, and white colors of the rocks looked spectacular. It’s a popular destination for hiking, skiing, camping and horse riding.

Next stop was at Lake Powell Glen Canyon Dam. There is a reservoir on the Colorado River located between Utah and Arizona. A paradise for boating, water skiing and fishing.

We took a boat to see the Rainbow Bridge. It is 50 miles away from the lake’s shoreline. The Bridge is a natural arch, made from sandstone and it’s so amazing!

My daughters and I had a lot of fun that day. We went back to the motel to rest. In the morning we took a tour to Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. These incredible Canyons have been created over many thousands of years. The sandstone has different forms, shapes, and beautiful colors. The professional photographers from all over the world just love this place.

On the fifth day we got on the road toward Zion National Park in Utah. We loved driving in the desert. It’s beautiful!  There are a lot of hiking trails and cliffs along the Virgin River. Also, there are many different things to do, like camping, rock climbing and scenic driving.  

The weather was always hot. We wore hats, light clothes, comfortable boots and drank a lot of water. We enjoyed the mountains and scenery! We would love to go back again– our best vacation!

Student- Angela Toros
Country- Lithuania
Tutor- Jane Evans

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

February
15- Presidents Day, Closed
24- Computer Class begins, Fanny Beach Community Center


March
2- Tutor Training, Stratford Library, 6-8 pm
13- Leprechaun Leap, Walnut Beach 3:00


April

5
– Chip’s Pancake Fundraiser, Chip’s in Orange
27- Multicultural Night and Literacy Awards

English Classes
Monday, 6:30 pm- Conversation Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class, LVSCT
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care, Meadowside School (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class, LVSCT
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Click for more info or call to sign up, 203-878-4800


Congratulations!

Eamheong Chay, right, became a US Citizen last weekend. Eamhoeng comes to the US from Cambodia and has been with LVSCT for three years and meets every Wednesday. 
She stands with her tutor, Martha Salmon.

Congratulations Alla Bytsiuk from the Ukraine who was placed on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester.  Alla is a student at Gateway Community College.  She is with her tutor Florence Gambino who has been an instrumental support to Alla during her registration process and with her classwork. 

Well done!

Volunteer to Become a Tutor

 A wonderful opportunity for you can make a difference in someone else’s life!  Did you know there are more than 25,000 people in Milford, Stratford and West Haven without a high school diploma?  Did you know there are more than 3,400 adults who are not fluent in English and there are 57 non-English languages spoken in these cities?   (Data taken from the Milford, Stratford and West Haven School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013)

Literacy Volunteers of Southern CT offers a five-week volunteer TUTOR TRAINING classes in ESL (English as a Second Language) at the Stratford Library 6:00 – 8:00 on March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 

Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary. All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed in advance.  For further information, call the office between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800 or stop by our Stratford Satellite Office at the Stratford Library 10:00 – 11:30 on
Wednesdays.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office for an interview.

Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available ESL services.

Ways to Support the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.  

STAY CONNECTED
LVSCT | Email | Website

 
The Literacy Center- Main Office

Fannie Beach Community Center
16 Dixon Street
Milford, CT 06460
Ph: 203-878-4800
Fax: 203-878-1080

Satellite Office Hours at Milford Library (Monday 10:00 – 11:30)  
and Stratford Library (Wednesday 10:00 11:30).


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Virginia Razzaq – What Milford Means To Me

When I first decided to become an Au pair, I dreamed of cities like Miami, New York or Seattle. I received plenty of requests from families in San Francisco but it didn’t matter because I fell in love with my family here in Milford. Milford? Where is that? Connecticut? I didn’t even know that there was a state with that name.

So when I first arrived here in September 2012, I was quite curious as to how different the east coast would be in comparison to the west coast, since I already knew what the northwest states were like. When I got to Milford, it just felt right. The weather was beautiful the day I got here – the sun was shining, the trees were all green and all I saw, when I arrived here in Milford, looked good to me. The next day I took Ryan (one of the twins I’m taking care of) for my own little Milford discovery walk. I remember walking past downtown to the duck pond and along the water – it was beautiful. I just loved it. It gave me a cozy feeling.

Although socializing and going out in my first year was quite impossible (since I was still 20 years old) I had plenty of time to discover the beauty of Milford. Since I’m from Berlin, Germany, I don’t really get the chance to enjoy the ocean, so I really appreciate Milford, because I can go on walks along the beaches, go to Charles Island and enjoy sunsets next to the water.

I also like the charm Milford conveys. It sometimes even reminds me of European villages. When I finally turned 21 in June of last year, Milford got even more attractive to me. Socializing became all of a sudden so simple. Downtown Milford’s nightlife is the perfect mix from enjoying cocktails to dancing next to the water. Colony Grill’s outside bar and Indigo’s deck by the water are just places you need to check out during the summer. Also Citrus is a great spot to be. When you get to Citrus, you really should try the “Mad Monkey Margarita” – it’s delicious. I just love getting together with my friends and enjoying myself. Milford is really a great spot to do that.

Since I really love to discover new places, Milford really is perfectly located with its train station not even a 10 minute walk away from my house. A nonstop 1 ½ hour train ride straight to Grand Central Station makes it quick and easy for me to get to one of the world’s most exciting metropolises – New York City.

A girl’s shopping heart doesn’t need to suffer in Milford at all. A nice sized mall, Westfield Post Mall, is located nearby. Stores like H&M, Express, Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret get a girl’s shopping fix satisfied.

Last year in September I flew back to Europe to visit my family and friends, but when I got back to Milford, I felt like I got back home. Beautiful beaches, nice trails with great trees and all their beautiful colors welcomed me back.
Although people might think that Milford is a little village – to me it’s a place filled with beauty and character – to me it’s home.

Student: Virginia Patricia Razzaq

Country: Germany

Tutor: Phyllis Gwatkin

Nabil Hasanin – “Dream Trip”

My name is Nabil, I am a pharmacist, from Syria. As you know there is a bad situation in my country. There is a civil war, for that reason I decided to move to a safer, nicer place. My uncle Walid asked me to come here (Connecticut, USA), “why not” I said, I hope to live there, so I applied for a visa. After 15 days I got the visa and I began my first visit to the USA.

I thought when I came here I would find high buildings, skyscrapers everywhere, and crowded roads. I was really surprised because all the cities except New York are county like, the houses consist only of one or two floors and quiet streets. Most people prefer driving to walking, and after the sunsets you will not see people walking in the road, that was strange for me.

Another thing is the weather, in my country we are used to seeing the snow once a year; I wondered what the color of the ground is, because the snow covered it for 3 months. I like the traffic system here. Everybody stops at stop signs and the drivers let people pass with a nice smile.

Another thing I like here is when you enter a store and somebody who entered before you, holds the door for you to enter. That’s very kind.

Finally I like the USA and I would like to get my family here and live in peace with the others.

Name: Nabil Hasanin

Country: Syria

Tutor: John Scalici and Melinda Karwon

Esperanza Castillo – My Life

My name is Esperanza Castillo, I am the last of six siblings Mari, Marco, Yanina, Edison, Mireya and me. I was born in Ecuador in a town called Puerto Quito, it is the northwest of the Province of Pichincha, this is where I went to school. After I finished, I went to live with my older sister to study College and University where I graduated with a Commercial Engineer in Quito. In between I worked in a supermarket as a cashier and in a pawn shop.

While in university I worked in the Bank Solidario. At this time I met Jose, got engaged had two daughters Leahn and Linnette which are now 5 and 3 years old. I then returned to live in my hometown at my in-laws while Jose worked in this country and hoped to get citizenship. The moment came in the year 2012 when, after a long wait we were able to travel to the United States and be able to finally live together.

Since August 2012 we live in this country, giving thanks to God because we are very happy. It gave me the opportunity to see my brother Marco who has been here 19 years without being able to return to my country. In May we received a visit from my sister Mireya who for 13 years lived in Zaragoza, Spain. She was here three weeks and we could share time with my family and my brother Marco. After that she traveled to Ecuador to visit my mother and my brothers.

Now I’m happier because my mom came in July for the first time to this country to visit, she is staying for two months, we plan to visit many places. I hope the time goes by slow because my mom has to go back in two months and I will be sad.

Name: Esperanza Castillo

Country: Ecuador

Tutor: Valerie Yergeau

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LITERACY CENTER NEWS


My Journey

I was born the sixth of ten children in Christ Church, Barbados.  Barbados is beautiful with soft, warm winds and flowers everywhere.  When I was 16 years old, I had to leave school to help out at home.

Our parents taught us responsibility: work hard, do not take what does not belong to you, take care of each other and treat people with respect.  But, jobs were scarce.  My father went to England to work.  My older sister did, too.  My aunt went to the United States.  My mother followed.

When I was 23, my aunt paid for my passage to the United States.  I flew on Pan Am Airlines to JFK Airport.  I did not understand much of the English that I heard because people spoke very fast.  In my aunt’s small apartment in New York City, my aunt told me that I must learn American English to be able to work.  So, during the day I would walk down the street listening to people.  I saw groups of men my age standing on the street corner, day after day, doing nothing.  I did not join them.  I wanted to learn, to work, to make a good life.  Soon, my aunt found me a job with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut.  I had to learn how to use Metro North.

When my paycheck came, my aunt sat me down to talk to me.  She said, “Manage your money wisely.  Don’t be buying things you cannot afford.  Work hard and save your money.  To have a good life, you must act responsibly.”

Today, I do have a good life.  I met and married a good woman.  We have a family.  I have a steady job.  I bought a house.  My sons will never have to leave school to help out at home.

One of my goals is to get a better job.  Although I learned to speak English well, reading and writing it is difficult.  With the help of my tutor from the Milford Literacy Center, I am improving those skills and look forward to a bright future.

Student: Carl Gaskin
Country: Barbados
Tutor: Zoe Beck

Volunteer to become a Tutor

A wonderful opportunity for you can make a difference in someone else’s life!  Did you know there are more than 25,000 people in Milford, Stratford and West Haven without a high school diploma?  Did you know there are more than 3,400 adults who are not fluent in English and there are 57 non-English languages spoken in these cities?   (Data taken from the Milford, Stratford and West Haven School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013)

The Literacy Center of Milford offers five-week volunteer TUTOR TRAINING classes in ESL (English as a Second Language).  

Classes begin in January.

There is a $20 fee for course materials. Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary. All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed in advance.  For further information, call The Literacy Center office between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office for an interview.

The Literacy Center of Milford is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available ESL services.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

November
1-30, Barnes and Noble Book Drive
26- Closed




December
1-31, Barnes and Noble Book Drive
10-Barnes and Noble Book Fair, 5-7

23-31 Closed

English Classes
Monday, 7:15 pm- Conversation Class
Tuesday, 9:30 am- Advanced Class
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- school age child care (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class

More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Call to sign up, 203-878-4800

Join the Literacy Center on December 10 for a
FROZEN Book Fair. 
Games, crafts, story time and special guest

appearances. Dress up as Elsa or your favorite Frozen character and join us for a COOL time.  

I am thankful that I can read!

Give the Gift of Literacy this year on
#GivingTuesday on December 1. 
Consider making a donation and make a difference in someone’s life.

Ways to Support our
Literacy Programs!

Consider choosing the Literacy Center of Milford

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Or visit Helping Hands in Orange when dropping off your donated items and choose the
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LITERACY CENTER NEWS


A Class Field Trip

On a sunny Sunday in October, the Monday evening Literacy Class went back in time to the 17th century by visiting The Eels-Stowe House on High St. in Milford. A guided tour was conducted by  The Milford Historical Society explaining what daily life was like back then.

Students Weifeng Li, Magnolia Vargas and her family shared the 17th century through commentary and artifacts. Here is Magnolia’s story of that magical visit.

With my Literacy Center Class, My family and I went on a field trip to The Eels-Stow House on Sunday with my husband Arafelian, my daughter Marianela.  The Eels-Stow house is a historic house, located in Milford, CT. It is considered to be the oldest house in this town. Through the years, it has been transformed into a historic museum; where visitors can appreciate the original furniture and the old structure.  There is something in particular, the windows are very small, it avoided cold weather getting into the house, and also due to this, the owner paid less taxes.  The structure frame of the house is made of wood and the house has fireplaces in all rooms. The family used the fireplace to keep warm during the winter time. At night, a half hour before going to bed, the wife used a bed warmer. She had to heat it in the fireplace usually by warming a brick and then put it under the the sheets to warm the bed. Another interesting thing was that the family didn’t take a bath every day and when they did, they took turns, Dad first, children second and mom the last one.

We learned many things, my husband Arafelian, was impressed knowing that George Washington was there, and had walked on the outdoor back steps so long ago. (The steps were from another Milford location) My daughter Marianela liked the small wooden crib. She could see how people lived on that time, she told me; “mami I am happy to have the life that we have now, with all my toys and my nice furniture”. What impressed me was the way they lived without heat. 
For us it was very great to visited the Eeels-Stowe House, We had a good experience there and we now realize that we are blessed living with modern conveniences.
Magnolia Vargas

Above, Weifeng Li, Magnolia Vargas and her family stand
where George Washington once stood.


 
There is still time to register for
Friday’s Harvest Dinner Dance. 

Register online or pay at the door!


 Local Author, Dave Gregory recently published “On the Cellar Door“.  This book has very humble origins.  It grew as his children grew. Once his kids could read, a sign would go up on the cellar door around Thanksgiving.  The original signs were simple orders, KEEP OUT.  Somewhere along the line, he started to expand on this theme and would write a little poem, ending with a dire warning for any unauthorized person who thought to cross the threshold. 

All that Goes with Winter” includes stories and poems that help portray Dave’s love/hate relationship with the winter season.  In this section, you’ll be reminded of joyous preparations and fond memories of the Christmas season, and the short days and long nights of cold that follow until spring finally makes it a thing of the past.

Books are for sale at the Literacy Center for $25.00.  Proceeds from the books will be donated to the Literacy Center, Milford Historical Society and First Church.

UPCOMING EVENTS


November
5- Literacy Night at Harborside MS
6- Harvest Dinner Dance, Costa Azzurra Restaurant
16- Smart Board Workshop for tutors and LCoM volunteers

December
10- Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Activity Night (more to follow)
23-Jan 4- Closed

Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Call us if you would like to read to children, help deliver books, tutor math or English.  Hold a fund raiser to support our programs. 
Our volunteer based organization needs YOU!  Call today.

English Classes
Monday, 7:15 pm- Conversation Class
Tuesday, 10:00 am- Advanced Class
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Call to sign up, 203-878-4800

The Fall Computer class is in full swing.  Dr. Ivan Tirado teaches a 5 week class on Wednesday nights at the Literacy Center thanks to the Deluca Grant.
Above are some students using computers donated from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven through a recent grant.
 


Ways to Support our
Literacy Programs!

Consider choosing the Literacy Center of Milford
on Amazon Smile
A donation is made to the Center with
every purchase you make!  WOW, How easy is that?



Or visit Helping Hands in Orange when dropping off your donated items and choose the Literacy  Center of Milford. 
A donation will be made from the sale of your donations when you choose LCoM.


Or go to ChariDeal and save big with great
Coupon Deals and support the
Literacy Center of Milford.

 

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LCoM Literacy Blog- October 23, 2014

LITERACY CENTER NEWS

Our Student Stories

I’m from Guatemala. In Guatemala I spoke two languages. In my village we speak a Mayan language. I learned Spanish in school.
In my village many people are farmers. They grow corn, carrots, tomatoes, beans, onions, potatoes, pineapples, peppers, peaches, and coffee beans. Some people raise animals. They have chickens, cows, dogs, sheep, pigs, turkeys, horses, and ducks. My three brothers are teachers.
In Guatemala they wash clothes by hand. They cook on a wood burning stove or over a fire. They make tortillas by hand. Many people sew clothes on a machine. Some people sew clothes by hand. The children like to play soccer.
In April, May, and June, it’s hot. Most people walk or take the bus. It’s a one hour bus ride to the city from my village. The roads are very bumpy.
Now I live in Connecticut and I’m learning English.

Student: Magdalena Simon
Country: Guatemala
Teacher: Tracy Gleason

Thank you for attending the Ball

Friday night was an awesome night for acknowledging how great it was having so many attend our first Masquerade Ball event and support the mission of the Literacy Center of Milford.

The Center has come a long way since our first director in 1994.  Twenty years later we are experiencing both a banner year and new era for the Center on so many levels, including extending our tutoring services to include West Haven and Stratford this year.  

We have also launched a new logo, web site makeover, and expanded our services to include computer literacy and an after school reading program at West shore Middle School.

Thank you to our sponsors- The Milford Bank, Cohen and Wolf, Bic Corporation, Junior Woman’s Club of Milford, Village Vogue, Briarpatch Enterprises, Bridge House Restaurant, Fischer and Fischer Law Firm, Mager and Mager Law Firm, CA McInnis and Associates, Ct Property Appraisers and Shop Rite of Milford.  Donors, sponsors and volunteers have made this non profit’s dreams come true!  Your continued support continues to define the Literacy Center as the place of growth, learning, and love for so many in need of basic literacy in our community.  Here’s to another 20 years!

Tami

MASQUERADE BALL
Thank you to Steve Cooper for taking pictures Friday night.  Click to see more of the Masquerade Ball and find us on facebook!

UPCOMING EVENTS

October
31- Halloween

November
4-   Computer Class begins, Open to all
15- Tutor Link Workshop at Harborside Middle School
27- Thanksgiving, closed

December
2-       Barnes and Noble Day Book Fair, “Frozen”
1-31 – Barnes and Noble Book Drive for the LCoM
24 –    Jan 2- Winter Break, Closed

TUTOR LINK WORKSHOP

The Literacy Center of Milford and local area literacy centers are hosting a TUTOR LINK workshop for tutors on November 15 at Harborside Middle School.  Click here for more information. 

LOOKING FOR AFTER SCHOOL READERS AT WEST SHORE MS

Help Local Youngsters Go to the Head of the Class!

The Literacy Center of Milford is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the Center’s  “SUPERSTAR” child-focused literacy initiative: the SUPERSTAR Reader After-school program.  If you’re motivated, ready to read aloud and open up the imagination of a child whose reading skills need strengthening, please consider this rewarding opportunity.

 “The Center can supply the books, reading-involved games, and activities, as well as a safe and fun place in which to read for a child who requires extra coaching — either individually or together with family members,” says Tami Jackson, the Center’s executive director.  “All we need are enthusiastic volunteers with gusto to read and willing to devote their energy and time for several hours a week in taking kids to their next literacy step.”   
    
Specifically, the SUPERSTAR Reader After-school Program focuses on the individual middle school-age student who struggles with reading, and requires additional instruction.  After-school “reading time” will be from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at West Shore Middle School.

All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed by the Center’s staff.  No prior experience is required for this role. Also, staffers will be available at all times to assist volunteers for both programs.

 Computer Class begins on
November 4.

Our modern world is rooted in the computer so you need the skills. The Literacy Center of Milford is turning on its computer just for you and offering a hands-on computer class and workshop designed for individuals to learn basic computer skills and become comfortable with using computers for personal use. Our program also may increase your chances of getting a job. Participants will learn how to search the web, open and manage an email account, read and send emails, search for documents, and attach documents to emails. It also will help you ‘join the conversation’ by engaging in social media.  Classes will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 18, 25, December 2. 
Call the Center to save your seat!  203-878-4800
  Read on…

LCoM- Literacy News October 2015

   

The Masquerade Ball is Friday!

   

LCoM- Literacy News September 2015

LITERACY CENTER NEWS



This is your child’s brain on reading.

When parents read to their children, the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity.
Researchers looked at children ages 3 to 5 who underwent brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while listening to a pre-recorded story. The parents answered questions about how much they read to, and communicated with, their children.  Read more.

The Significance of South Korea’s
70th Anniversary of Independence


August 15th, 2015 is a historical date for Korea because this year marks Korea’s 70th anniversary of Liberation from the Japanese colonial period. The time, the Independence of Korea 1945, is looked at being so miserable that the country was embarrassed both economically and politically.

In addition to this, Korea was divided, north and south, because of the Cold War between the U.S and the Soviet Union. To make matters worse, on June 25, 1950, the Korean War broke out as North Korean forces attacked South Korea. This war lasted three years and totally destroyed South Korea. The only lifeline set in place to stand up to the ruins after the war was the United States and other members of the international community’s support. Support, especially from the United States, between 1953 and 1960 (which was then the government of South Korea) reached a total of $1.7 billion. It was enough to make up more than 40 % of the total budget.  But it was South Korea that created something out of nothing.

The South Koreans caught two rabbits at once. Those were the advancement of democracy and being transformed into an industrialized market economy. It is unprecedented in the world stage and is difficult to compare an equal value as successful.

In 1953, South Korea’s GDP (Gross domestic product per capita) was just $67 and the amount of export was $25 million, but in 2014, has increased to $28,180 and 573 billion.

As South Korea’s economy continues to grow, the country is becoming the 11th largest exporter, and main exports are semiconductors and automobiles, wireless communications equipment, cellular phones, ships, steel, petrochemical, oil and petroleum products, computers etc. South Korea is being highlighted as an exemplary economic model of many developing countries.

South Korea was listed in the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in 1961 as “Aid beneficiary countries” but changed to “Donor country assistance” in 1996. That was the first example of this ever happening.

South Korea emerged in status from a recipient of global donations 
to a donor that proudly offered aid to developing countries. Finally, I’ll just say one more thing; without the help of the United States
in today’s Korea having a developed state would have been difficult.

I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to the Korean War veterans. Their blood, sweat and tears helped safeguard freedom and democracy.
For your information, during the Korean War  (1950 – 1953), 54,246 American soldiers were killed and 103,284 were wounded, with 8,177 missing.

Jacob Lee is from South Korea and received his US citizenship this year!  His tutor is Helen Anastasio.

Volunteer to become a Tutor

A wonderful opportunity for you can make a difference in someone else’s life!  Did you know there are more than 25,000 people in Milford, Stratford and West Haven without a high school diploma?  Did you know there are more than 3,400 adults who are not fluent in English and there are 57 non-English languages spoken in these cities?   (Data taken from the Milford, Stratford and West Haven School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013)

The Literacy Center of Milford offers five-week volunteer TUTOR TRAINING classes in ESL (English as a Second Language).  

Classes begin Sept 16.

There is a $20 fee for course materials. Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary. All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed in advance.  For further information, call The Literacy Center office between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office for an interview.

The Literacy Center of Milford is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available ESL services.


Interested in helping a child read? 
Join our Superstar Reading Program!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September
16- Tutor Training Classes begin, 5 weeks. 6-8 pm

October
20- Chip’s Fundraiser Breakfast Dinner
21- Computer Class, 6-8 pm

November
6- Fall Dinner Dance, Costa Azzurra Restaurant

English Classes
Monday, 7:15 pm- Conversation Class
Tuesday, 9:30 am- Advanced Class
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class with child care (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Call to sign up, 203-878-4800



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
National Punctuation Day is a celebration of punctuation that occurs each year on September 24th in the United States of America. Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day simply promotes the correct usage of punctuation. Rubin encourages appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling to send in pictures of errors spotted in everyday life.


Ways to Support our
Literacy Programs!

OR Consider choosing the Literacy Center of Milford
on Amazon Smile
A donation is made to the Center with
every purchase you make!  WOW, How easy is that?



Or visit Helping Hands in Orange when dropping off your donated items and choose the Literacy  Center of Milford. 
A donation will be made from the sale of your donations when you choose LCoM.


Or go to Chari Deal and save big with great
Coupon Deals and support the
Literacy Center of Milford.

 

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LCoM- Literacy News July 2015

LITERACY CENTER NEWS


Why Am I Reading My Daughter’s Books?

My daughter is 7 years old. She reads chapter books. She loves to read. I like to read, too. Actually, I used to go to the bookstore or library when I was in Korea. After I got married, I came to American and had a baby, I didn’t have time to read, so I stopped.

My kids grew. Now they go to school. I have time to do something for me. I wanted to read a book again, so I got some books from the library and read them. But it was hard to read: I’m not good at reading English books. Most books for adults are difficult – they have a lot of words that I don’t know, so I need a dictionary every time. If I skip the word, I don’t understand the story, and it takes a lot of time to read just one page. I felt reading was boring, so I stopped reading again.

One day my daughter said to me when she finished her book, “Mom – this book is really fun. You should read! I want you to read!” I read the book that my daughter recommended: yes, it was fun and easy to read. I could read the whole book in just one day, so I started to read books again. That’s why I am reading my daughter’s books.

Recently, I read The Lemonade War, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now I am reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I hope I can read a novel for adults someday.

Sinai Choi is from South Korea.  Her tutor is Melinda Karwon and they have been meeting every Tuesday morning at the Literacy Center since January 2015.

Jacob Lee 6-10-15

Congratulations!

Milford Literacy student, Jacob Lee, proudly holds his U.S. citizenship certificate, which he received on May 15th, 2015. Jacob is self-employed.  His tutor is Helen Anastasio.

Jacob’s wife, Yoon, a nurse practitioner, at Yale, also received her citizenship and is a former Milford Literacy student. They have two sons.

Congratulations to the following students who received a job promotion!  Angela Gallo-Toros, Halina Korwek and Victoria Abbaspour.  Way to go!

Volunteer to become a Tutor

A wonderful opportunity for you can make a difference in someone else’s life!  Did you know there are more than 25,000 people in Milford, Stratford and West Haven without a high school diploma?  Did you know there are more than 3,400 adults who are not fluent in English and there are 57 non-English languages spoken in these cities?   (Data taken from the Milford, Stratford and West Haven School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013)

The Literacy Center of Milford offers five-week volunteer TUTOR TRAINING classes in ESL (English as a Second Language).  

Classes begin Sept 16.

There is a $20 fee for course materials. Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary. All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed in advance.  For further information, call The Literacy Center office between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the Center’s office for an interview.

The Literacy Center of Milford is part of the ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is working with its member programs to raise awareness of available ESL services.

Fixing healthcare in America begins with growing good readers
By David J. Bailey, MD, MBA

Reading is an essential building block of learning — but it may come as a surprise to many that reading proficiency is one of the strongest predictors of overall health through adulthood. Much of the conversation about literacy is focused on the economic impact of decreased worker productivity and lost income. In doctor’s offices and health systems across our country, we see first-hand the effect of reading challenges on our patients and its lifetime impact on health outcomes.  The relationship of literacy to health outcomes and expenditures is real, with a conservative annual estimated price tag of more than $106 billion.

In the United States today, thirty to forty percent of children are at risk for reading failure before they reach kindergarten. As a physician and the CEO of a children’s health system, I am encouraged by the bipartisan support for addressing reading failure for early learners contained within S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

This pivotal legislation includes several important provisions for quality early childhood education that are the foundation of improving reading readiness, providing health education, and ensuring our children have a strong and healthy start in life. These programs are highly cost effective with an average return on investment for every dollar spent of seven to ten dollars in averted costs related to special education, grade retention, health care, welfare, and crime. Changing the cost equation in our healthcare system over the long-term begins with our children and starts at infancy.   Read more.


UPCOMING EVENTS

July
31- Barnes and Noble Book Fair, all day
31- Barnes and Noble Children’s Dr. Seuss Spectacular Night,    Click to read more.   5-7 pm

September
16- Tutor Training Classes begin, 5 weeks. 6-8 pm

October
20- Chip’s Fundraiser breakfast
21- Computer Class, 6-8 pm

November
6- Masquerade Ball, Costa Azzurra Restaurant

English Classes
Monday, 7:15 pm- Conversation Class
Tuesday, 9:30 am- Advanced Class
Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Intermediate Class- child care (Sept-June)
Wednesday, 12:30 pm- Intermediate Class
More information on one on one tutoring.

Computer Classes
Call to sign up, 203-878-4800



Looking for some ideas to help with your student. 
Check back regularly for tips to help with your teaching.


Ways to Support our
Literacy Programs!

Consider choosing the Literacy Center of Milford
on Amazon Smile
A donation is made to the Center with
every purchase you make!  WOW, How easy is that?



Or visit Helping Hands in Orange when dropping off your donated items and choose the Literacy  Center of Milford. 
A donation will be made from the sale of your donations when you choose LCoM.


Or go to Chari Deal and save big with great
Coupon Deals and support the
Literacy Center of Milford.

 

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