COMING EVENTS: Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc.
All activities at Joan M. Breisch Adult Learning Center, unless otherwise noted
The Literacy Council of
June 4, 11, 18, 25 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Reading-Berks, Incorporated
Citizenship Classes provides services that
June 6 4:00 P.M. increase the level of literacy The Literacy Council of
Readers Win! Committee meeting
June 8, 9, 10, 11 6:00 P.M. in our community. Reading-Berks provides the
Muhlenberg Community Days, Jim Dietrich Park following services J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 1
June 24 OUR New Life for New Readers P U B L I S H E D B I - M O N T H L Y
Spring Semester Ends
June 27 5:00 P.M. VISION Reading and Writing
LCRB Board Meeting Instruction
July 4 CLOSED
Board of Directors
Executive Director’s Message
Independence Day Holiday
July 5 To close the book on GED Preparation
Summer Session Begins illiteracy.
September 7 9:00 A.M. ESL Dr. Barry Palmer, President
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Toscani Hours
Penny Lau, Vice President
Monday & Wednesday
8 a.m.—8 p.m.
Heather Adams, Secretary
Alan Harris, Treasurer
Increased Time = Increased Gains
The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is proudly affiliated with:
Tuesday & Thursday
Computer-Assisted Learning Heather Adams
Janet C. Clemmer
As I write this message, I am in the final stages of submitting our federal and state
8 a.m.—9 p.m. Distance Learning grant applications to the PA Department of Education. We are submitting our grants
along with Reading Area Community College as the Berks County Adult Literacy
Friday Citizenship Preparation Milford Dunlap Coalition. I have been working with Elaine Moyer and Sue Allan at RACC in
Our code is 32 8 a.m.—4p.m. Ronald Hunsicker preparing rock-solid grant proposals which we believe will strengthen the adult
Armando Jimenez literacy services in Berks County. Final details will be determined during the grant
negotiation process in late June. We will share more information with all of our
volunteers at our mandatory Tutor Kick-off events in September.
Dr. Christine Nunez
Jana R. Barnett, Esq., Honorary Also at the kick-off events, we will explain why it is very important that all of our
James Flippin, Honorary volunteers embrace our philosophy of increased time equals increased gains.
Matthew Goldstan, Honorary Pennsylvania Act 143 aims for increased and expanded adult literacy education
Steve Keiser, Honorary
programs so adults and their families will function more effectively in their personal
lives and as citizens and be better prepared for workforce training and employment
Suzanne Miller, Honorary
so that they may become more responsible and productive members of society.
Registration does not imply endorsement.
free, within Pennsylvania, 800.732.0999.
Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll- Brian Seidel, Honorary Research shows that increased time with a student allows for increased gains. A
Incorporated, may be obtained from the Elizabeth Taylor, Honorary student does not typically make a significant learning gain, i.e., increasing a level,
of the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks,
Sarah Yatron, Honorary until participating in at least seventy hours of instruction. Effective July 1st, we will
The official registration and financial information
require all tutor pairs and groups to schedule a minimum of three hours per week.
Meeting a minimum of three hours a week will allow a student to increase a level
Staff within the first six months of instruction. This increased time requirement will allow
the Literacy Council to more effectively meet its obligations under Pennsylvania Act
Ryan A. Breisch, Executive Director 143.
Theodore Aarons, Bookkeeper
Katherine Atkinson, T/S Coord.
Donald Bickel, Instructor I encourage you to contact Katherine or me if you have any questions regarding this
change. We always enjoy talking with our volunteers!
the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc. Address Service Requested
Please Read! is the official publication of Laurie Dawkins, ESL Coordinator
Robert Hartman, Instructor
Permit No. 59 Beverly Hebhardt, Receptionist In closing, I hope you have an enjoyable summer. Jillian and I are expecting our
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Beverly Hirneisen, Admin. Assistant second child on July 21 and are excited for the new adventures ahead!
35 South Dwight Street Jaime Nieves, Evening Receptionist
Non-Profit Org. Elizabeth Reach, Instructor
As always, thanks for everything you do in the name of literacy. You are
Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc.
Yvette Santiago, Instructor
Dr. James Snyder, Instructor
Student Achievements Directory of Services and EXTRA! EXTRA!
A.C. enrolled in Home Health Aide training with BTI. Display Ads Available
50/50 Raffle Winner A note for tutors from your
Definition B.M. passed driver’s test.
C.B. enrolled at RACC for Medical Billing starting September/2011.
Directory of Services: Bold line
Listing Featuring Company Name,
Address, Phone, Contact person,
This is a reminder to
Dr. and Mrs. Greg Hanson are the plus five lines describing the please send in your
winners of $184 in the raffle! Bee 2011 C.M. volunteers at Lehigh Valley Mental Health clinic working with
product or service offered. Monthly Progress Reports.
Congratulations! Our funding to provide free
Yearly: $275 Bi Monthly: $60
wrap-up D.C. enrolled in Home Health Aide training with BTI.
Display Ads: Communicate more
services is dependent on
the information you supply.
Winners from E.P. participated in the LCRB Definition Bee by attending and donated
desserts from her home-based business.
about your company and services. Thank you for helping us
close the book on illiteracy
Previous Years E.P. enrolled in Home Health Aide training with BTI.
in our community!
Roughly 100 people attended our third-annual Definition Bee and Full Page: $200 165
Half Page: $125 115
Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The event had 8 F.R. attended citizenship classes.
WINNING BEE TEAMS teams competing for the title “Top Definers in Berks County.”
Third Page: $100 85
Congratulations to our
G.F. completed 6 week training for Vocational ESL in the Workplace for
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The Blazin’ Bibliophiles from the Reading Public Library had the Elder Care Workers.
dates. Submit copy and artwork by New Tutors!
2010 — Blazin’ Bibliophiles,
honor of winning the Definition Bee for the second year in a row! G.L. enrolled in Home Health Aide training with BTI. the 10th of the month prior to
Reading Public Library publication. Mail information to Iliana Almadover
I.T. recognized at her job for perfect attendance in 2010. LCRB, 35 S. Dwight St., West Lawn,
There was much excitement in the audience and on stage as con- Helen Didyoung
2009 — Wee-You Bears, PA 19609 or call 610.670.9960
WEEU Radio 830-AM testants and supporters vied for the Team Spirit Award. As usual, J.C. obtained a part-time job. for more information.
the judges had a hard choice as many teams had vocal and creative Michael Hilbert
L.A. completed 6 week training for Vocational ESL in the Workplace for
2008 — Spelbeco-ettes, Elder Care Workers. Thought for the
contestants and fans. In the end, the award went to the “Defining Freddie Martin Jr.
Elbeco Inc. Month
Women” from Altrusa International of Reading-Berks. L.M. passed citizenship exam in May.
Enersys-The Buzz, N.C. awarded a scholarship from the Reading Housing Authority to attend
Develop a passion for
As in the past, other activities were taking place throughout the RACC for Medical Secretary training starting September/2011. learning. If you do, you Christine King Schmidt
evening. During the event, attendees voted for local high school will never cease to grow.
N.G. attended citizenship classes
- Anthony J. D'Angelo Grace Wheatly
students’ posters to win our Literacy Poster Contest. Be sure to
TEAM SPIRIT WINNERS P.P. volunteered to do data entry for the United Way.
check out the insert included with this newsletter for the winner.
Chances for a 50/50 raffle were sold, with the total being $368! R.C. completed 6 week training for Vocational ESL in the Workplace for Annual 2011-2012
2010 — Defining Women, Elder Care Workers.
Altrusa Finally, the other big draw was our annual silent auction. Over Kick-off Event!
70 items were auctioned off, most generously donated by our R.P. attended citizenship classes.
2009 — Brickheads, Glen-Gery sponsors. With the help of the auction, raffle, monetary donations, S.C. attended citizenship classes.
Join Katherine Atkinson and Ryan Breisch for one
of two mandatory kick-off events on September 12
2008 — Swarm, Elbeco and team entries, the Literacy Council was able to raise almost S.K. passed four of five sections of GED exam. from 10:00 to 11:30 or September 15 from
$3,000! 6:00 to 7:30. The morning session will feature a
S.K. attended citizenship classes.
continental breakfast, and the evening session will
S.M. increased post-test score by 8 points.
feature a light dinner. The events will be
WATCH US ON BCTV! S.P. completed 6 week training for Vocational ESL in the Workplace for informative sessions designed to explain current
Muhlenberg Community Days Elder Care Workers. changes, answer your questions, talk with other
Berks Literacy Update Volunteers Needed! V.M. attended citizenship classes. tutors, and provide you with the listing of
BCTV 2011-2012 professional development
Volunteers are still needed to help at
Comcast Channel 13 our Plinko game stand at opportunities being offered at the Literacy Council.
Service Electric Channel 19 Muhlenberg Community Days held Please register for one of the events by calling
from June 8 through June 11. Please Get all of the latest updates—follow the 610.670.9960 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Fri., June 24, 2011 at Literacy Council of Reading-Berks on
call the office at 610.670.9960 for The location of the events will be determined in late
more information. Facebook! August.
Literacy Council of Reading-Berks We would like to thank the sponsors of our 2011 Corporate Definition Bee and
Silent Auction, whose generous donations made our event possible!
“Erase Illiteracy” Poster Contest Advance Auto Parts F. M. Brown’s Sons, Inc. Panera Bread
All Paws & Claws Grooming Friends of the Muhlenberg Community Library Sandra Piecukonis
First Place Winner Altrusa International, Inc., Gage Personnel Services
R.M. Palmer Company
of Reading-Berks John B. Gallagher & Co. CPA
Reading-Berks Physical Therapy
Art of Touch Therapeutic Massage
Giant Food Store – Exeter & Reading
Reading Eagle Company
Auto Spa of Wyomissing Giant Food Store – Shillington & Temple
Reading Phillies Baseball Club
B & G Glass, Inc. Giant Food Store – West Lawn & West Reading
Exeter Senior High School Bear Creek Mountain Resort GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Reading Public Library
Berks County CareerLink Carol J. Haile Reading Public Museum
Berks Family Practice Hair on the Avenue Sonic Drive-In
Berks Technical Institute Hair Works, Inc. Sovereign Bank
Blind Hartman’s Tavern Homewood Suites Hotel
Stitch ‘N Stuff/Framers Nook
Boscov’s East Beauty Center Hop On Over Bead Shop
Target of Wyomissing
Boscov’s Department Stores Hot Shots Unique Photography
Bruno Furs Connie Katzin
Buca di Beppo therapy ‘n’ massage
Building 24 Kim’s Nails Tokyo Hibachi & Bar
CJ’s Tire & Automotive Service Jean Kline Tom Sturgis Pretzels
CTCE Federal Credit Union Lasting Image Promotional Products U.S. Express Printing
Calvaresi Coffee, Tea, Etc. Lifestyle Limousine, Inc.
Clover Farms Dairy Metro Bank
Conestoga Bank Deborah McCone
Wal-Mart of Exeter & Wyomissing
Country Suites by Carlson
Weis Markets of Reading
Crossroads Family Restaurant
Muhlenberg High School
Laurie Dawkins Wert Investment Consulting Group of
Northeast Dentistry Wells Fargo Advisors
Outside In Restaurant Windows by Jane Rohrbach
East Penn Manufacturing Co. Yocum Institute for Arts Education
Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies:
Mr. Charles Adams
Thanks to our Program Creator and Coordinator:
Mr. John W. Smith
Thank you to our Team Spirit Judges:
Ms. Janet Clemmer & Mr. Matthew Goldstan
Thank you to our Photographers:
Mr. Ivandro Fontes & Ms. Jessica Walsh
And a very special thanks to our Technical Coordinator:
Ms. Nicola Alutius
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