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April 2018

Quarterly Newsletter

LITERARY VOLUNTEERS OF COLLIER COUNTY LV CC

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Why LVCC? Literacy Volunteers of Collier County provides adults and children with the opportunity to learn English to empower them at school, work, and in other aspects of life. Our students want to be able to contribute to their community. As a previous student once said, “sometimes the only thing we are looking for is an opportunity; believe me, we are going to take it and reach our goals.” A donation, no matter the amount, makes it possible to provide our students with tutoring sessions, citizen preparation courses, and much more. The value of what LVCC does is immeasurable; students will take these lessons through every stage of their lives.

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” -Maimonides

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Letter from Our President, Tom Rinaldi The statistics related to literacy and the effects literacy rates have on our community is staggering. According to UNICEF, one child in four grows up not knowing how to read, and 43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5.  A study by Pfizer concluded that low literacy also impacts health care costs.  According to Pfizer, low literacy costs $73 million per year in direct healthcare costs. Two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare. Collier County is not immune to these issues. These are just a few of the driving forces that led me to join the fight against low literacy rates with Literacy Volunteers of Collier County (“LVCC”).

LVCC, its dedicated staff, and its volunteers, strive to end low literacy by teaching children and adults English and reading skills. Through one-on-one tutoring, LVCC helps to empower individuals. Through its Children and Parents Reading Together Program, LVCC helps to bring generations together. Through its Workplace Literacy Program, LVCC strives for the betterment of local businesses and its employees. LVCC does all of this for our local community.  I am proud to serve as the President of the Board of Directors of LVCC. I hope that you will consider supporting LVCC’s mission.

Empower.

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Teach.

“Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive.”

Learn.

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The Family Programs of LVCC The Children and Parents Reading Together program (CPRT) of Literacy Volunteers has expanded from being in two Collier County schools to 15 schools this winter. This is due to a growing number of volunteers who love to read with children and help their parents become more literate in English.

Since July 28, new CPRT tutors have been trained and are actively involved. We are lucky to have had our experienced snowbird tutors return to teach the winter CPRT session classes with the new tutors.

CPRT benefits preschool children and their parents in Head Start schools throughout Collier County. Our trained volunteer tutors meet with six children and their parents once a week for eight weeks, helping them read books and do related literacy activities in English. The program helps prepare the 4-year olds for kindergarten and helps their parents improve their English. This school year, after the end of the spring session in May, we will have had 270 children and their parents in our program take home nearly 2,200 books. A staff member of Parkside Elementary school wrote a thank you letter to Literacy Volunteers. In it, she praised the CPRT program and its volunteer tutors. She wrote: “The Children and Parents Reading Together program has been a major contributor to the fact that our school went from a C grade to a B grade.”

Tutors of the program regularly receive hugs and homemade thank you notes from the parents upon the completion of the 8-week sessions.

A parent with extremely limited English speaking reading skills who was in the fall session at Manatee Elementary this school year said this to a school staff member: “When my family came to our house for Thanksgiving, I bragged to them that I can now read books in English! Of course, I didn’t tell them that the books were for pre-school children!”

Expansion of the CPRT program in cooperation with other organizations has begun. It is hoped that through these new opportunities, the program can be offered to parents and children in the summer months to bridge the gap between the last days of school in early June to the beginning of school in mid-August.

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Families Learning English (FLE) is another Family program. Its goal is to help the parents of ESL children develop their own English skills and to introduce the parents’ youngest children to English literacy in the academic environment.

FLE tutors at Parkside Elementary now teach English classes to a growing number of adults whose children attend the school. Because the adults frequently need to take young siblings with them to these classes, another tutor teaches English skills to the toddlers, using books and playful, age-appropriate English literacy activities.

Expanding the FLE program to other schools is planned. This expansion is dependent upon recruiting more volunteers interested in participating. Current LVCC adult tutors are also encouraged to inquire about this program. Contact Cindy Dehnart or Dixie Espinosa.

Opportunities for New Volunteers

The Children and Parents Reading Together program needs more volunteers. Training is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays – April 16, May 7, or June 11.

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Why Our Program Matters Last month’s Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast truly highlighted the success of our adult programs. We heard heartfelt and inspiring stories from four of our adult students: Victor, Graham, Madeline, and Abdias. They each described their personal struggle as they left their native countries behind to start a new and better life in America with their young families. Once they arrived, they faced challenges, one of which was learning the language. Each and every one of these students expressed tremendous gratitude for the English programs offered at LVCC; but even more so, for the beautiful and long-lasting friendships they established with their dedicated tutors. Three of these students went on to start their own companies in Naples, while the fourth became a board member for his housing community in East Naples. The award ceremony was another memorable moment. It was an honor to recognize the hard work and commitment of several of our seasoned adult tutors. Bill Wickham was recognized for his kindness, flexibility, and open-door policy as a class tutor. Harriet Adelstein was awarded for her attention and unyielding support to each of her students as a one-on-one instructor. Dr. Gebbie received the honorary award for his exemplary work with Graham, one of our student speakers in attendance, since 2009. The final award was presented to Bill Nichols, to his surprise, for his endless contributions to LVCC. Bill has been a volunteer since 2010. Since then, he has taught close to one hundred students, served as a member of the Board and Adult Program Committee, developed several ESL curriculums for our library, ran LVCC’s website, Wikispace, and Facebook, presented numerous roundtable sessions, and has helped over 50 students obtain their citizenship. Today, Bill continues to teach small ESL and citizenship classes at LVCC; as well as mentor new tutors. He is an active donor and is in attendance at every LVCC event. Undoubtedly, we will be forever indebted to his compassion and loyalty to the organization.

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A Few Words from Our Director, Chris Nind Last year and the first few months of 2018 have been certainly busy and very productive for LVCC.

We have seen major improvements in Programs and the continued expansion of CPRT, Citizenship classes and the Families Literacy Program. We are planning some Financial Literacy classes as well as Health Literacy later this year.

You, our fantastic volunteers, have continued to give generously of your time. We still need many more like you for our families programs. If you know of someone who might be interested, please give them our number and ask them to call!

I must single out four new volunteers who are helping us with the database, the newsletter, social media and our web site. They are Marion Grant, Janet Pettit, Ximena Silva and Jessica LeBrun. Thank you for the great work you are doing. We certainly needed your help!

Finally, thank you to all our supporters for your financial commitment to LVCC. We cannot accomplish our mission without that support. If you feel able to contribute, please go here to donate.

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Save The Dates April 25 LVCC Annual Meeting, 4:00 p.m at LVCC offices Wednesday May 24 Thursday

Literary Lunch with Pauline Heyton, 11:30 a.m. at Olde Cypress Country Club

June/July

Boat trip to the gulf for sunset; date and details to follow

September 8 Laps for Literacy at Sugden Park, 7:30 a.m. $25 entry and sponsorship Saturday opportunities - Fun for all the family and pets! November 3 Casino Night at Olde Cypress Country Club – A great, fun event! Saturday

LV CC A Special Thank You Thank you to Naples Beach and Bay Realty for helping create this new format for our newsletter. A special thank you to all of those who donate their time and money to our cause. We sincerely appreciate it.

Don’t Forget! You can find us on Facebook at Literacy Volunteers of Collier County and Instagram at Colliercoliteracyvolunteers.

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Having Fun With LVCC Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

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Having Fun With LVCC (Continued)

Networking Event at 21 Spices

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Having Fun With LVCC (Continued) Networking Event at 21 Spices 

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