Bob Burger - Chair
Ellie Scholz - Secretary
Liz Koester - Placement
Nancy Calcagno - Treasurer
Bonnie Wolfman - Public Relations
Notes From The Chair
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
I hope all of you have had an enjoyable summer. Fall weather seems to have collided into summer as temperatures dropped from the 90's to the 60's in just 48 hours. Sadly, our funds are dropping as quickly.
Congratulations to Obdulia Enriquez for passing the GED examination. She studied at Rogue Community College and also received math tutoring with the Council. (She was my student - pardon me while I pat myself on the back).
Welcome to our new tutors Valerie Barr and Denny Devine. Valerie is already working with a student. Hang in there Denny, we're screening new students as this newsletter is being written.
An upcoming event is our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Marie Callender's restaurant in November. The date has not yet been set, but we will call or e-mail our volunteers once it's decided.
Thanks to all of you for your support of the Literacy Council.
Bob Burger, Chair
July - September 2009
Volunteer Hours .... 99.5
Student Hours ....... 42.5
Students Served ......... 5
(No meeting in December)
All meetings - 1 PM to 3 PM
Literacy Council office:
1175 Royal Ave, Suite B, Medford
Because You're Special
We sometimes take for granted
In the rush of all we do,
And forget to say a special thanks
To volunteers like you!
So we send this note to tell you
How much all you do means,
Your gifts of time and of yourself
Are special ones indeed.
For three months now, I've been tutoring a married couple, Galen and Mahlona, to read. Even though they are both learning impaired, they are making noticeable progress. Galen used to struggle with almost every two or more syllable word, but now he can read several paragraphs in a social studies textbook with only a few stumbles.
His wife, whose homework assignments are to watch PBS children's shows, had to overcome her whole-word training. If a word started with the letter "K" she said "kite." We start each session with some phonics and then read some simple children's stories. Her poor eyesight tires and frustrates her, but she doesn't give up. Now she can read a simple story with few errors. She also seems to suffer with dyslexia. She reads new words backwards a lot, but I make her spell out the word before saying it. That helps.
Although they are both improving in being able to read, they still have to work at comprehension. That will be my task for the next three months. I admit that early on in their training I thought that they were beyond help. Some sessions seemed to have no affect on their reading skills. However, the first rule of being a teacher is to be patient. Now I'm glad that I stuck with Galen and Mahlona.
Bob Burger, tutor
The Literacy Council of Jackson County offers many volunteer opportunities. Here are just a few of them:|
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ESL Tutor: Assist students one-on-one to master the written English language sufficiently enough to fill out employment and health forms, follow directions on medicines, read maps, use public transportation effectively, enjoy computer applications, and open the doors of knowledge at libraries and the Internet. No experience necessary, we will train you.
GED Tutor: Help individuals study for the GED exam. If you think you can teach math, science, history, reading comprehension and writing, then we want you to share your knowledge as a volunteer tutor. No experience necessary, we have plenty of useful materials in our library.
Librarian: If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and know how or want to learn to use a computer for keeping our library records up to date, we want to hear from you. No experience necessary, we will train you.|
Newsletter Editor: We finally filled this job when Nancy Calcagno, our Treasurer, accepted this responsibility for our October 2009 issue. We hope to feature more tutoring tips in future newsletters once Nancy settles into this new role. Also, look for changes in the newsletter format as Nancy plans to apply her design skills to the task.* * * * *
If any of these volunteer opportunities suits you, please give us a call at
or send us an e-mail message at
ABE Adult Basic Education: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as reading, writing and math to native speakers of English.
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ESL English as a Second Language: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and math to non-native speakers of English.
GED General Education Development test: test which gives students a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma.
LCJC: Literacy Council of Jackson County
LD: Learning Disabled
RCC: Rogue Community College