AmeriCorps Service position available with Ozark Literacy Council

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Do you want to make a difference in Washington County and receive money for you or your child or grandchild to go to college or pay back student loans? AmeriCorps is offering a service position with Ozark Literacy Council to help adults improve their English literacy skills Perks: A full year of service to your community Teaching experience Bi-Monthly stipend Education Award A living allowance of $6442 per year paid twice-a-month, and a $2887.50 education award upon successful completion of 900 hours of service are offered through the program. Individuals 55 and older can pass on their education award, which can be used to pay for college and books, to pay back student loans, and for qualified continuing education, to a child or grandchild. Give Ozark Literacy Council and AmeriCorps your time, and make a difference in people’s lives! Visit us at 2596 Keystone Crossing Fayetteville, AR 72703 Or email

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Nominations welcomed for the 2016 Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award

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Ozark Literacy Council invites nominations for the 2016 Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award. The award recipient will be recognized at OLC’s Mask-a-Read Gala on October 20, 2016 at the Fayetteville Town Center from 6-9pm. The award was created in 2014 to recognize an outstanding commitment to adult literacy. It is presented annually as a memorial to longtime OLC supporter and advocate Barbara Broyles. Past recipients include Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan (2014) and Dr. Steven Smith (2015). Deadline to submit nomination: Friday, September 16, 2016 2016 BARBARA BROYLES CHAMPION FOR LITERACY AWARD  NOMINATION FORM Please submit this form to Margot Lemaster, Executive Director of Ozark Literacy Council by September 16, 2016 at or mailing to or dropping off to 2596 North Keystone Crossing, Fayetteville, AR  72703 Name of Nominee: Nominee Contact Information (if available): Nominee Job Title and/or Professional Title: Please provide biographical information and accomplishments of the nominee that support your nomination of this

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OLC Hosts Laubach Way to Reading Tutor Training

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On August 2, 2016, Ozark Literacy Council hosted an all day tutor training workshop led by Arkansas Literacy Councils Training Director Heather Powell. More than 20 volunteers attended who tutor at Ozark Literacy Council, Dogwood Literacy Council (Siloam Springs), Franklin Logan Literacy Council (Ozark), and Western Arkansas Literacy Council (Fort Smith). Ozark Literacy Council was founded in 1964 using the Laubach method. This time tested method has taught millions of adults how to read around the world. Thank you Heather and Arkansas Literacy Councils for your support!

Student Success Story: Irma Gonzalez

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Written by Irma’s teacher, Brandi Fernandez Irma Gonzalez was orphaned at the age of eight. She had to drop out of school in the second grade to help provide for her siblings. She arrived in the United States 20 years ago, and did not have the ability to read or write in her native language of Spanish. I started teaching Irma in April 2016 through our pilot program at Tyson. When I met her, she didn’t know how to say a single word in English, we were only able to communicate through my little bit of Spanish, and Google translate. She came to class prepared with a few sheets of paper and a pocket dictionary that has survived floods and fires, and only has a fraction of the pages left. She didn’t know what the words in the dictionary said, but she has been studying them since she was a

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Two NEW Little Free Library Kiosks available for sponsorship!

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These recently constructed, architecturally designed kiosks are seeking a new place to share books with the community! They are part of OLC’s Little Free Library project in partnership with the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design and the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Pictured at left is “Lit” created by Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita of Maurice Jennings and Walter Jennings, PLLC. Pictured at right is “Lighthouse Library” created by Albert and Lisa Skiles of Skiles Architect, PA. To become a sponsor, site host, or for additional information, please contact OLC Development Director Jim Mitchell at or call 479-521-8250.    

Congratulations Dr. Claudia Bailey!

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Congratulations to Dr. Claudia Bailey for receiving the Win Rockefeller Leadership Award from Arkansas Literacy Councils in recognition for exhibiting the highest standards of commitment, dedication, and leadership to a literacy council. Tutor, teacher, board member, board chair, grant writer, advocate…and the list goes on. Claudia served three terms on the Ozark Literacy Council Board and presided as Chair for two years. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer instructor for many years. She currently serves on the Board and is deeply engaged with teaching twice weekly, and working closely with an OLC AmeriCorps Member in Health Literacy outreach. She is advising the organization’s first ever Development Director on grant opportunities in the health field and assisting with research and the creation of grant applications in this arena. Additionally, as a retired University of Arkansas professor, Claudia has long standing ties to the Northwest Arkansas community and Fayetteville in particular. She consistently presents herself at community events and literacy activities as a

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“Plot Twist” Little Free Library dedicated at Fayetteville Senior Center

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We recently dedicated the “Plot Twist” Little Free Library at the Fayetteville Senior Activity & Wellness Center. Many thanks to Ted & Leslie Belden for their tremendous support and sponsorship of the kiosk. Architects Steven Baker and Shay Hawkins submitted the design as part of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Little Free Library design competition.  Steven and Shay built the structure in association with Harrison French & Associates. The City of Fayetteville sponsored the installation to the kiosk’s permanent location. Thanks as always to our wonderful Mayor Lioneld Jordan for his steadfast support of literacy! This Little Free Library is located near the city trail system surrounded by neighborhoods. It is meant to be enjoyed by all with the “take a book leave a book” philosophy.

OLC Health Literacy Class visits Fayetteville Fire Station by Julia Kilbourne, OLC AmeriCorps member and health literacy instructor

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A key part in teaching health literacy is to provide not only accurate but actionable information. In OLC health literacy classes, students are informed on how they can better care for themselves and their families and how to feel safe, especially in their home. Knowing where to get support in your community is key to knowing how to prevent and respond to possible dangers from fire and other emergencies, including car crashes and tornadoes. Fire Officer Martin Striefler welcomed students and OLC instructor Julia Kilbourne to his Fayetteville Fire Station and outlined all the kinds of emergencies and services his team provide 24/7. The Fayetteville Fire Department offers free fire safety advice and a smoke detector to any resident in need. Officer Striefler and his team provide much needed help during the aftermath of a car crash as well and demonstrated the jaws of life tools that can rescue car crash victims from their

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OLC welcomes new Development Director Jim Mitchell

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A native of Pine Bluff, AR, Jim received his BA in Business and Economics from Rhodes College and an MBA and MA in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University.  Following a career working in every major arts discipline, helping create Austin Lyric Opera and producing major galas and festivals in four states, Jim moved to Fayetteville in 2000 to work as Fulbright College Development Director for the University of Arkansas after a five year tenure as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Arts Council.  He subsequently began a life long career goal of providing management services to the nonprofit community as an independent consultant for the past 12 years.  With clients ranging from First Night Fayetteville, the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation, Rogers Historical Museum and others, Jim has extensive experience in creating and managing nonprofits, development and marketing programs and community service programming.  With funding provided by Tyson Foods, he is working with the OLC board and staff

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Volunteer Opportunities in Springdale

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Do you live in the Springdale area and have an interest in volunteer tutoring? We have a new literacy program at the Springdale Public Library and your neighbors need your help to learn to read, write and speak English better. OLC offers free training, materials and staff support. No experience necessary, just a desire to help others reach their goals and full potential. For more information please call 479-521-8250 or email And thanks!