Summer Bottle Drive

Posted July 7, 2016 by lvandro
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We’re having a bottle drive this summer!

Are you having a family reunion? A beach party? A backyard barbeque? Afterwards, take the returnables to Roopers on Main Street in Lewiston or Minot Ave. in Auburn and ask the clerk to credit them to Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin. We’d really appreciate your support. Thanks!

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Scrabble Fest 2016 Logo

Posted March 8, 2016 by lvandro
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Thanks again to Sylvie St. Amand and her very talented students at Lewiston Regional Technical Center for creating a wonderful set of possible Scrabble Fest “Letters for Literacy” logos for LV-A to choose from.

Our winning designer this year is Rachel Meuse. The program Rachel is enrolled in is the Multimedia Technology program at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center. It offers students an opportunity to earn college credit through a dual enrollment with CMCC. Many of the projects the students work on are school and community based.

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Rachel Meuse and her winning graphic Photo by Jaime Gagne

 

 

Seasons of Life

Posted March 26, 2015 by lvandro
Categories: LV-A Students' Writing

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Androscoggin between Auburn and Lewiston
Photo by Elizabeth Scott

Grey clouds above us, what do you hold in store for us? Will it be rain, sleet, or snow? Will we feel the cold wet mist that comes from the slightly icy river? We play near the river bank as we build our snowmen. Months go by and the snowmen begin to melt. Winter breaks for another season.

A new season awakes. The new start of life is waking up. As the last bit of snow melts and goes away, the tips of green grass begin to peep out from the ground. The trees slowly bud with their beauty which shows pure amazement as the birds and bees come our way. Some come from very faraway places.

As more time goes by, summer arrives. More people will enjoy the summer with a picnic. Maybe they will go fishing or cool off by going into the water for a dip. The summer events are very fun, even for the bugs that make one heck of a cloud above your heads, as we sweat. But that ok, because for fall will come and the bugs will be no more.

As fall takes its turn, we are at the end for the four seasons we see beauty in the trees from all the leases are changing to a variety of colors. Many different colors that come to be beings the colorful ground as the leases fall. As the cold chilly air comes and the nights get colder the moon smile at us a bit brighter as the cold put all the living things to sleep we end our four seasons with a new begin.

By Elizabeth Scott, inspired by her husband

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Elizabeth Scott and her LV-A tutor Linda Connally

Elizabeth Scott, although she loved school, was rarely able to attend due to an abusive home-life, then a host of moves to various foster homes. When life became more stable and she was finally in a place where she could go to school regularly, she was enrolled in the fifth grade. School was no longer a joy as she struggled with so many gaps in her education. She graduated from high school with minimal reading skills.

Once she became a mom and her son entered the public school system, Elizabeth recognized that she needed to improve her reading skills in order to help her child succeed in school. She connected with a Literacy Volunteers tutor and has been working hard on her education ever since.

Today, Elizabeth is able to help her son with his school work, and she has become a published poet.

Family Literacy Despite Winter’s Worst

Posted March 10, 2015 by lvandro
Categories: Family Literacy

Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin’s KAP (Knowledge As Power) families are doing well and we continue to enjoy crafts. This may be one of our last winter-themed crafts—thank goodness!Sue Kap Puppets

The gloves in the picture are thin children’s gloves from Goodwill. They were made into puppets by putting a hand-shaped piece of cardboard—made by tracing the glove itself—into the glove to prevent any bleeding of glue or marker. The decorations included googly eyes, pom-poms, beads, and sequins as well as permanent marker. The puppets can be left on the cardboard hands or taken off and used on the child’s hands. Puppets are a wonderful means of play that encourages language development.

—Sue Reilly, KAP Child Educator

Who Is This Suave, Masked Man?

Posted January 15, 2015 by lvandro
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Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin Tutor Perrin Lumbert

Behind the artistic self-portrait is a man that is familiar to many in the L/A community. You may know Perrin Lumbert as an intrepid procurer of academic research materials and adventurous traveler, but did you also know that he is a skilled Literacy Volunteers tutor? Below is a short interview with Perrin regarding his most recent experience as a tutor.

Many people find the idea of serving as a volunteer tutor intriguing, but daunting. They worry that they will fail to help their students reach their all too critical goals. Perrin went through the same doubts when he first signed up to become a Literacy Volunteer, but he pushed forward due to his love of language and his desire to help.

People question whether the lack of a teaching degree will hamper their ability to be a successful tutor, but many are drawn to volunteer due to positive, past experiences where they provided some type of instruction. For Perrin, it was teaching photography classes to large groups of people, some of whom did not speak English. He drew on this experience as well as his minor in linguistics and a certification course to work with English language learners. Most individuals have had the opportunity to teach someone informally, whether it be helping their children with their homework or training someone at work.

Perrin’s student was a woman from Brazil who immigrated to the States. She wanted to qualify for a decent job and needed to improve her English in order to pass a C.N.A class. After a year of hard work on both of their parts, she met her goal, scoring 97 points on her final exam. Perrin said that he initially doubted that he could be an effective tutor, but found he enjoyed the experience and could be a real help to his student.

When asked what he had learned from his student, he explained that they were about the same age, and she reminded him that new challenges could be faced at any age. He said that it was never too late to take risks, study and learn.

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Become a Literacy Volunteer tutor. Learn the simple but effective methods developed by Literacy Volunteers for teaching adults and help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

Our next Tutor Training Workshop will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, January 31 and February 7, 2015, at Bates College. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.literacyvolunteersandro.org/Tutor for information and an application or call 207-333-4785 or email: literacy@literacyvolunteersandro.org.

Family Literacy Celebrates Fall

Posted October 9, 2014 by lvandro
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Halloween can be a fun holiday for craft projects with a good deal of language involved. Yes, fantasma (ghost)—I get to pick up some new language as well!

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A KAP spooky tree with ghosts added.

In KAP (Knowledge As Power) Family Literacy, we started our Halloween projects with a black construction paper tree put on the wall with a re-positionable glue stick. This glue stick turns any paper into a sticky note and is not supposed to harm the walls. We will test that at the end of the season. The children added stickers on the wall and tree. This week, we added ghosts.

To make the ghosts we used coffee filters with one large cotton ball and a rubber band creating a head and flowing body. The face and extras were drawn on with markers. We again used the re-positionable glue stick to attach them to the wall.

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Three children in LV-A’s KAP family literacy program with their tree and decorations.

It will be an adventure to see what goes on the tree next.

—Sue Reilly, LV-A Child Educator

Hop Jump by Elizabeth Scott

Posted May 1, 2014 by lvandro
Categories: LV-A Students' Writing

Hop, jump, in and out of relationships wishing you will find your happiness.  I watch you from the side as you hop, jump, in and out only to see you hurt yourself.

Hop, jump. Today, you put on a smile and as you pretend that nothing is wrong, you’re only burning it deeper and deeper within yourself.

Hop, jump, here comes another one to fill your void. May it not be a violent one, as you show no care for yourself, or for your body.

You hop, jump to a different one. You always do the same. You put on a disguise and smile as if nothing is wrong. Today, I saw you cry for the very first time. As I asked you what is wrong, your response was, “I found out that I have AIDS.”

 

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Elizabeth Scott and her LV-A tutor Linda Connally

Elizabeth Scott, although she loved school, was rarely able to attend due to an abusive home-life, then a host of moves to various foster homes. When life became more stable and she was finally in a place where she could go to school regularly, she was enrolled in the fifth grade. School was no longer a joy as she struggled with so many gaps in her education. She graduated from high school with minimal reading skills.

Once she became a mom and her son entered the public school system, Elizabeth recognized that she needed to improve her reading skills in order to help her child succeed in school. She connected with a Literacy Volunteers tutor and has been working hard on her education ever since.

Today, Elizabeth is able to help her son with his school work, and she has become a published poet.