Finding Home by Sydne Tursky

Finding Home by Sydne Tursky

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Finding home A Nepali woman struggles to find community in a city strikingly different from her home country. The first time Sangeeta Pandeya met Kapil Khadka, she didn’t even like him. The second time Pandeya met Khadka, it was their wedding day.

Student Story: Esther del Castillo Labrador

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Imagine moving to a country where you don’t speak the language.  That’s the situation Esther del Castillo Labrador found herself in when she moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2016.  Although she already spoke Spanish, German, and French, she struggled with her English language skills. “I studied English grammar in school,” she explained, “but I couldn’t speak very well.” And that’s when luck intervened.  Shortly after moving to Fayetteville, Esther opened her front door to find a Spanish language newspaper on her doorstep. “It was good chance,” Esther said, especially since she’d never received a Spanish paper before.  As she started flipping through the pages, she stumbled across an advertisement for Ozark Literacy Council.  “I didn’t know anyone, so no one could tell me about OLC. When I saw the advertisement, I knew I wanted to go to class there.” Because Esther had arrived in the U.S. just a month before,

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New AmeriCorps Positions Available for 2014-15

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OLC is beyond excited to announce we have been awarded 3 AmeriCorps service positions through the Arkansas Reads program for 2014-15. Each position includes teaching ESL classes, recruiting and training volunteers, and helping with fundraising. Members receive a living allowance of $6254 per year and an education award of $2775 if they complete their service. Call 479-521-8250 for more information or email your resume to mina@ozarkliteracy.org to apply. AmeriCorps members get things done!

Subaru’s Share the Love Campaign

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  This year our local Subaru dealership, Adventure Subaru, added a local charity to their Share the Love campaign and they chose the Ozark Literacy Council! Subaru buyers can now choose to support OLC when they buy or lease a new Subaru. The Share the Love campaign runs through January 2, 2014. For each new car purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the buyer’s charity of choice. The Ozark Literacy Council is greatful for the opportunity to partner with a dealership that does so much good for their local community. Thank you Subaru!  

“Arts + Literacy” for Literacy Awareness Month

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  October is Literacy Awareness Month and to celebrate we are excited to announce our partnership campaign, “Arts + Literacy” with the Walton Arts Center. In the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, Belle teaches the Beast to read, highlighting the importance of literacy through the arts. In recognition of Belle’s commitment, Walton Arts Center and the Ozark Literacy Council are partnering to promote “Arts + Literacy,” a campaign designed to raise money and awareness for literacy during National Information Literacy Awareness Month. For every ticket purchased for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from October 1-14, Walton Arts Center will donate $1 toward the Ozark Literacy Council. “Partnering with the Walton Arts Center spotlights the importance of incorporating the arts in literacy education,” Executive Director Margot Jackson said. “By using the arts in our own curriculum, we’ve noticed how a creative approach helps students forget about their inhibitions and

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OLC on KNWA

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KWNA interviewed OLC Board member Joshua Mahony about the Council’s mission! You can find the full text on nwahomepage.com

Meet Margot!

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Ozark Literacy Council is very excited and proud to have Margot Jackson as our Executive Director! You will be seeing and hearing more from Margot in upcoming days as she gets out and about in the community. Find out more about OLC’s latest leader: Margot is a native of Fayetteville and holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon, where her studies focused on immigrant integration and qualitative evaluation. Margot worked to develop practical methods for creating lasting and meaningful relationships between immigrants and their new home communities. As a former volunteer ESL instructor with OLC and other organizations around the country, she has repeatedly witnessed the powerful role literacy plays in people’s lives. After a brief stint on OLC’s Board of Directors, Margot is thrilled to now have the opportunity to devote herself full time to OLC’s mission. Deeply motivated by her experiences in

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“Doing Good: Ozark Literacy Council”

La Prensa Spanish newspaper covers our Open House

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Oportunidades gratuitas de aprender inglés (Opportunities to learn English for free)

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