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					                  September 2011               newsletter published monthly   Volume 25 Issue 9

  REMINDER!                                                       GLAD ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
      GLAD 25TH                                                 The community is
                                                                invited    to   the
            ANNUAL                                              Grenada       Adult
               MEETING                                          Education Center
                                                                from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
       Tuesday, Sept. 13th                                      on      Tuesday,
                                                                September 13th, as
                1:15 p.m.                                       part of the Grenada
                    Grenada Adult Education Center              League for Adult
                                                                25th anniversary celebration.

    Townsend Press Book Center
recently donated 500 new paperback
books to GLAD to give away at our
September events. They sent 250                                               The message looms large…
copies of Reading Changed My Life and 250                                                The people are invisible.
copies of Making the Most of Your Life. We       Each one, teach one!
                                                 Encourage     others to
greatly appreciate their book donation in        share the gift of reading
support of our local adult literacy efforts.     with another person.
                                                  Reading changes lives!

                       Mon., Sept. 5th — CENTER CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

                       Tues., Sept. 13 — GLAD 25th Anniversary - 1:15 p.m. GLAD Annual Meeting; 6:00 p.m. Open House
                       Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon — Grenada Downtown Jubilee - Free books to be given away at GLAD booth
    The GLAD Tutor                                                                                            September 2011

                                                                               2011 is GLAD’s 25th Anniversary serving adult
  T   UTORS,    are you up-to-date with your reporting? (Your
        form for the month just ended is due by the 1st of the
  following month.) If you need to send in a monthly report
                                                                                                             learners in Grenada!
  form, please take a moment now to complete it and to send
  it in promptly. If you need blank forms, please pick one up in                                         Please plan now to help
  Room 5 at the Center or call 226-7462 to request them.
  Thank you!
                                                                                                          us celebrate. Our 25th
                                                                                                        annual meeting will be at
  NOTE: Thanks to our many volunteers for making the spe-                                                     1:15 p.m. on Tues.,
  cial effort to turn in their time sheets immediately after the
  end of each month. Your diligence is making our job of com-
                                                                                                            September 13, 2011.
  piling monthly summary reports much easier. Thank you!
                                                                                                              We will also have an
                                                                                                                      Open House
                                                                                                              from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                    the same day.

        NEED YOUR GED®
       T E S T C R E D E N T I AL ?
            MAKE 2011 Y O U R
                 YEAR TO SUCCEED!

 Official GED Testing Center TM for adults in Grenada County
                                                                                    Want to share this issue of
                                    GRENADA GED                                    The GLAD Tutor with a friend?
                                  TESTING CENTERTM                                     Elizabeth Jones Library Director,
                                                                                    Crystal Osborne, has created a page for
                                          AUGUST 2011                                GLAD with a link for the current issue
                                                                                            on the library’s website,
                                         (Not Express Class)                 htm.
                                   Total GED® examinees - 9*
                                        *2 first-time examinees
                                             and 7 retesters

                                   Total GED® graduates – 2**
                                       **0 first-time examinees
                                            and 2 retesters
                                                                             Follow us on
                                      Passing Rate – 22%***
  View testing dates online at
                                                                                         Don’t have Twitter? It’s free!
***Attending free Mississippi Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes to
prepare for the GED® test greatly improves success rates when adults         Go to to view/sign up!
wait to take it until their TABE results show that they are ready to be           In the U.S., get updates via SMS by texting
successful. However, in Mississippi, formal preparation is not required to             “follow GrenadaAEC ” to 40404.
test so our state’s passing rates are low since many examinee’s basic
skill levels are well below those required to be successful on the GED ®

    Page 2                                                                                                    Valinda Smith, Editor
   The GLAD Tutor                                                          September 2011

      Cindy Heimbach, Grenada Adult Basic Education Director

     Our classes are back in session. We currently have
95 attending morning and evening classes combined. It is
nice to have students excited about their education and
goals. We have classes available to meet the individual
needs of our students as well as computer-assisted
instruction in our computer lab. For the first time, we are
offering an Express class this fall for both morning and
evening students. We are excited that the Grenada
Community Foundation is paying for these students’
testing fees. We started our first morning Express class
last fall and experience great success. Our GED test
graduates doubled compared to the previous year.
     Jonathan and I attended the TEAL Institute in
Washington, DC, in August and had a wonderful time
networking with ABE instructors from other states. We
learned from researchers in the field of teaching writing
skills to adults. We are now implementing evidence-based
writing instruction in our classes. We will keep you
informed of this project throughout the year.
     We are looking forward to a productive year with
many student successes. If you want to partner with us in
any way, please call us. We would love to have your help!

                                GRENADA GED
                              TESTING CENTERTM
                                    FALL I MORNING
                                    EXPRESS CLASS
                                August - WRITING ONLY
                                   Total Examinees - 11
                              7 first-time examinees & 4 retesters
                                      All examinees
                                    achieved passing
                                     score on GED®
                               Language Arts-Writing - 100%

                                       Donate points for our school at        Over
                                       “My Coke Rewards” online; give        17,800
                                      to the “Grenada Adult Educ. Ctr.”      points to
                                      OR give us your actual bottle caps      date!
                                        and inside-box code cutouts.

   Valinda Smith, Editor                                                           Page 3
  The GLAD Tutor                                                                                     September 2011

                                                        LOCAL ADULT LITERACY STATISTICS
                                                      According to the estimates of adult literacy derived
                                                      from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
                                                      and 2000 Census data, local statistics are as follows:

                                                                      Grenada County, Mississippi
                                                      Adults with less than a 9th grade education                    ~14%
                                                      Adults with education between 9th-12th grades                  ~23%
                                                              (of number in population age 25+ = 14,675 in 2000)
                                                      Adults at lowest reading level (Below Basic)                    19%
                                                              (of number in population age 16+ = 16,946 in 2003)
                                                        Adults at the “Basic” reading level are unavailable in the report. the library at the Grenada Adult               Nationwide, 2003 statistics differed only slightly from 1992.
                                                      In 1992, county statistics adding the lowest two levels were 70+%.
     Education Center. There is a small               GLAD believes that the rate of “functional illiteracy” is similar today.

     student library at the Center. Add to                                  State of Mississippi
     the selection by donating used books.                   (of number in population age 16+ = 2,116,087 in 2003)
                                                      Adults at lowest reading level (Below Basic)                    16%
     Books that we cannot use will
     generally be donated to the Elizabeth             The new statistics cannot be directly compared to previous statistics
                                                       because different standards and measures were used to collect the data.
     Jones Library for their next Friends of          

     the Library book sale.

           Contact Person: Carol Hecker

              Phone: 227-6101

                                                                                       Drop off at the Adult Education
                                                                                         Center, 423. S. Line Street

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                                  Grenada League for Adult Development

                                 25th Anniversary

                                  You are invited to attend

 Each one, teach one!
                                      the 25th anniversary of the
                                        Grenada League for Adult Development

                                      TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
                                   1:15-1:45 P.M.—ANNUAL MEETING
Grenada League for
 Adult Development
                                     6:00-7:00 P.M. — OPEN HOUSE
Grenada Adult Education Center
423 South Line Street
Grenada, MS 38901
                                            Grenada Adult Education Center
Phone: 662-226-7462
Fax: 662-226-7462                               423 South Line Street
               History of the Grenada League for Adult Development
Functional illiteracy in our adult population is a serious problem that GLAD seeks to address locally.

The Grenada League for Adult Development (GLAD) has served as the adult literacy council for Grenada County since 1986. After
attending a state-wide literacy conference in 1986, former Library Director Maryhardy McElwain, former Vocational School Director Don
Connerley, and key community leaders (Trish Hightower, Kay Townes, the late Mayor L.D. Boone, and others) began the organizational
work which resulted in the creation of GLAD. Bylaws were drawn up and a board of directors was established with permanent positions for
the Library and ABE program directors in addition to elected officers. In later amendments, permanent board positions were created for the
directors/coordinators of funded member programs. In addition, six directors are elected from the community to serve staggered three-year
terms. Officers are elected to serve two-year terms. This literacy council is the umbrella under which Grenada community agencies and
businesses work together to address local adult literacy and adult education needs, avoiding duplication of effort.

GLAD trains volunteer tutors to work with local adult learners. Donations to GLAD are used to provide tutor training materials, needed
resources, meet special needs, and provide study materials for students when these purchases cannot be made through other funds as well as
to meet other needs. GLAD is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization and is registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office as an
exempt organization. Local donations and appropriations keep adult literacy services free for adult learners and volunteers.

In 1986, the Grenada Vocational School sought and obtained a grant through the Jobs Training Partnership Act (JTPA), which allowed
GLAD to move quickly into recruitment and training of volunteer tutors in The Laubach Way to Reading. The JTPA program was funded
each subsequent year through June 1994. An AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, Janie Fox, served the program. A JOBS component was added
to the JTPA program in 1993. Four part-time employees served the JTPA program with the aid of volunteer tutors. In 1994, the JTPA
literacy program ended statewide and its recruiter and students became a part of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program already at the
Vocational School. In October 1997, literacy tutoring (and ABE/GED classes through June 2010) began to be held at the Grenada County

In 1990, the Elizabeth Jones Library made application for and received a U.S. Dept. of Education, Library Services and Construction Act
(LSCA) Title VI Library Literacy Program grant to establish a local adult literacy program with an emphasis on reaching adult learners in
the workplace. Lillian Hayward, the first program coordinator, was succeeded by our current adult literacy program coordinator, Valinda
Smith, in January 1991. Staff were first housed at the Vo-Tech school and then at Holmes Community College-Grenada Center for five
years until the Grenada Adult Education Center was established. Grant awards for this program were received each year through FY 1995-
96. However, in the spring of 1996 Congress abolished the federal Title VI program. The Library obtained a one-time grant through the
Mississippi Library Commission which provided 75% funding for FY 1996-97, with a 25% local match. In FY 1997-98, the Adult Literacy
Program became locally funded through donations and appropriations from the City of Grenada and Grenada County. Since that time,
annual appropriations and donations make Grenada’s Adult Literacy Program services possible by providing program operation funding.
Beginning in FY 1998-99, the ABE program begin to provide some literacy-level staff funding. ABE funding became available for the
literacy program coordinator to be paid about one-third of her hours through the School District's annual ABE contract with the Miss.
Community College Board. A part-time coordinator and a part-time aide serve the adult literacy program with the aid of volunteer tutors.
Many competitive grants and awards have been received over the years to provide additional resources. Additional volunteers are
continually recruited and are trained as needed at the Adult Education Center.

In the decade of the 1990’s, the Adult Literacy Program was successful in establishing on-site workplace programs at local businesses and
industries who allowed us to serve their employees needing basic skills improvement for the employee’s convenience. Over the years,
Pennaco, Heatcraft, the Grenada Lake Medical Center, Sealed Air Corporation, Textron Automotive, and the Grenada County Jail
established on-site literacy programs. In addition, volunteer tutor recruitment programs were established at Georgia-Pacific and Newsprint
South. However, with the establishment of the Grenada Adult Education Center in 1995, most tutors began meeting with their adult learners
in the GLAD tutoring room at that site.

In October 1995, the Grenada School District dedicated the old primary school building at 420 College Street as the “Grenada Adult
Education Center,” jointly housing the ABE program, GLAD, and the Elizabeth Jones Library's Adult Literacy Program. In June 1999, the
Adult Education Center was temporarily moved to the east wing of Tie Plant School (809 Tie Plant Road), pending completion of a new
Upper Elementary School. The Grenada Adult Education Center moved into its current location in the former Upper Elementary School
building (previously known as the "Lizzie Horn School" at 423 South Line Street) in December 2000.

Effective February 1, 2001, the Grenada Adult Education Center was approved as the only official adult GED ® testing site for Grenada
County. In January 2011, we became the first Mississippi GED Testing Center TM approved for GED WizardTM which has reduced score
wait times from a couple of weeks to usually only one or two days. GED Wizard TM also allows candidates online score report access.

Adult learners in our literacy program are paired with tutors on a one-to-one basis or work in a small group in a classroom setting as
appropriate for their skill levels. One room at the Adult Education Center is set aside for one-to-one tutoring, another for small group
instruction, and a computer-assisted education lab is shared with the Grenada Adult Basic Education Program.

In addition to low-level adult literacy training, the collaboration that comprises the Grenada Adult Education Center offers ABE classes,
English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring, family literacy projects, GED ® testing, and computer literacy training. The GLAD board also
serves as the advisory board for the Grenada School District’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program.

                                                                                                                                  printed 9/8/11
 Adult Education Center
 FREE Classes — FALL/WINTER 2011-12
 G r e n a d a Ad u l t E d u c a t i o n C e n t e r , 4 2 3 S o u t h L i n e S t . , Gr e n a d a , M S

Are you an adult age 18 or over and officially withdrawn from school?
If so, the free services of the Grenada Adult Education Center may be for you!
Call or drop by the Adult Education Center for about 15 minutes between 8:00 a.m.
and 12:00 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.) on or before October 6th to fill out an interest form
and pick up an orientation schedule. Please note the times that orientation sessions
begin. You will not be able to participate if you arrive late. Your class schedule will
be discussed with you at your final orientation session. Completion of the entire
series of orientation sessions is required in order to attend class. Bring a photo ID.
 (NOTE: We will be closed Mon., Oct. 10th, for Fall Break...will reopen on Tues., Oct. 11th.)

        CLASSES:               Morning classes will be held on Monday through
Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to Noon from October 11 - December 13.
TO REGISTER: You will need to be at the Center each day of orientation on
Tuesday through Friday, October 11 - 14. Plan to stay from 8:00 a.m.-noon
daily for required registration, orientation, and study skills training sessions.
 Morning class late registration at 8:00 a.m. on Wed., October 12th, and Thurs., October 13th.

        CLASSES:                Evening classes will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. from October 11 - March 8.
TO REGISTER: Registration and orientation will be completed over consecutive
Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11th Plan11th.
to stay until 8:00 p.m. each evening for required registration, orientation, and study
skills training sessions.
                  Evening class late registration will be at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., October 13th.
New student Registration and Orientation for our spring session classes will be on
 Mon., Jan. 2nd, at 8:00 a.m. for morning or Tues., Jan. 3rd, 5:00 p.m. for evening.

 Grenada Adult Education Center, 423 South Line St., Gren ada, M S

 printed 9/8/11

   STUDENT HOLIDAYS: Center closed November 21 - 25, 2011 and December 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012.
               Grenada League for
                                                                                        Adult Literacy Program
               Adult Development                                                           GLAD / Elizabeth Jones Library / Grenada ABE
                 also serves as ABE Advisory Board                                  Valinda Smith, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator
 Officers              Phillip Heard, Chairman                                                  & GED Chief Examiner TM
 (2009-11*)            Frank Bradford, Vice Chairman                                  John McGee, Adult Literacy Instructional Aide
                       Anita Gilliland, Treasurer
                       Delores Lane, Secretary                                            GRENADA ADULT EDUCATION CENTER
                       Trish Hightower, Immediate Past Chairman                           423 South Line Street, Grenada, MS 38901-3115
 Program         Crystal Osborne, Library Director                                  Phone: (662) 226-7462 (voice/fax/answering machine)
 Representatives Valinda Smith, Adult Literacy Coordinator                                 E-mail:
                 Cindy Heimbach, ABE Director/Instructor                                      Twitter:
 Board Members Lesla Ammons (’11*), Jack Smith, Jr. (’11*)                                  Website:
 *term expires Sept.   William Blackmon (’12*), Bea Colbert (’12*)                         Google Voice (SMS--texting): (662) 709-7599
   of year indicated   Charles Latham (’13*), George Sadgebury (’11*)

                                                                                TUTORS: Articles, announcements, photos or other items to be
                                                                                published in The GLAD Tutor must be received by no later than ten
 Adult Basic Education Program                                                  working days before the end of the prior month—(items to be published
              Grenada School District contract with the                         in the next month’s issue should be received no later than Sept. 20th).
               Mississippi Community College Board                              Also please note that it is our policy that you must have a student’s
                                                                                permission to refer to him/her by name or to submit his/her photograph
      Cindy Heimbach, ABE DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR                                 for publication. Mail items to V. Smith, Editor, at 423 South Line Street,
   Priscilla Burns, Jonathan Moore, & Johanna Watson                            Grenada, MS 38901.
                     ABE INSTRUCTORS                                            ADDRESS CHANGES: Please let us know as soon as your mailing
      Kenesha Booker, ABE AIDE & GED EXAMINERTM                                 address changes. The Post Office charges GLAD 44 cents for each NON
           Carol Hecker, ABE INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE                                 -PROFIT BULK MAIL address correction or return. Please help us
                                                                                conserve our resources by calling or writing or e-mailing as soon as your
    GRENADA ADULT EDUCATION CENTER (GAEC)                                       mailing address changes. Let us know if you would like to have your
         423 South Line St. Grenada, MS 38901-3115                              name removed from our mailing list. Thanks!
        Phone: (662) 227-6101 (voice/answering machine)
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                               Please check page one for this month’s events.
Upcoming                       Wed.-Thurs., October 5-6—Grenada ABE 3-year review by Miss. ABE State Office
Events                         Mon., October 10—CLOSED FOR FALL BREAK
                               Tues., October 11—New Student registration and orientation
                                                 8 a.m. for morning classes; 5 p.m. for evening classes
                               October 17-21—Elizabeth Jones Library Fall Friends Book Sale

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