"> February 2016 News – Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut

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


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

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


– 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


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

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.  

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).