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                           COMING EVENTS:                                                                                                                                                                Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  PLEASE READ!
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.
                                                                                                                        Workplace Skills
                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                      Patrick Delaney
                                                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                      Isabel Monterossa
                                                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                      Marcina Wagner
                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                   West Lawn, PA 19609
                                                                                                                                                      Beverly Hirneisen, Admin. Assistant   second child on July 21 and are excited for the new adventures ahead!
             Reading, PA
                                                                                                                   35 South Dwight Street             Jaime Nieves, Evening Receptionist
            U.S. Postage
           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,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tutor/Student Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1x/yr.    6x/yr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                   To place an ad: Select publication
                                   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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Karol Page
       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
       Enersys, Inc.
                                   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
     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
            12:30 P.M.
                                                                         more information.                                                 Facebook!                                                         August.
                                                                       THANK YOU!
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
      Miranda Hughes
                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                Texas Roadhouse
                                               Bruno Furs                                         Connie Katzin

                                             Buca di Beppo                                                                                     therapy ‘n’ massage
                                                                                                   Steve Keiser

                                              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.
                                                                                                                                                 Unique Pretzels
                                          Clover Farms Dairy                                       Metro Bank
                                                                                                                                                  WEEU Radio
                                            Conestoga Bank                                      Deborah McCone
                                                                                                                                      Wal-Mart of Exeter & Wyomissing
                                       Country Suites by Carlson
                                                                                                  Delores Miller
                                                                                                                                             Weis Markets of Reading
                                      Crossroads Family Restaurant
                                                                                             Muhlenberg High School
                                            Laurie Dawkins                                                                          Wert Investment Consulting Group of
                                                                                               Northeast Dentistry                          Wells Fargo Advisors
                                            Nathaniel Dubbs
                                                                                              Outside In Restaurant                         Windows by Jane Rohrbach
                                            Milford Dunlap

                                      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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