OLC receives Excellence in Education Award for 2017

OLC receives Excellence in Education Award for 2017

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OLC received the 2017 Literacy Council Excellence in Education Award from Arkansas Literacy Councils in recognition of the leadership and excellence OLC is providing in the community and in literacy. We are grateful to our wonderful community who support us and to our tutors and students for their hard work. Thank you for the recognition ALC! We are truly humbled and honored. Members of OLC pictured at the awards reception at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock on May 19, 2017. Pictured left to right: AmeriCorps member Nathan Riggs, Executive Director Margot Lemaster, Program Director Mina Phebus, AmeriCorps members Hanna Billinski and Casey Kraichoke, Development Director Jim Mitchell, and AmeriCorps member Kelley Zornes.

Do you know an adult who can’t read?

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From ProLiteracy: ProLiteracy commissioned a nationwide survey this summer to gather further insight on public awareness of adult literacy. This was the second survey ProLiteracy commissioned; the first one was in summer of 2015. The survey was conducted by a market research company and included 1,000 participants. The data revealed some noteworthy results, including that despite a slight increase in awareness, we still have more work to do: Overall awareness of the adult literacy issue in the United States rose slightly from 59% in 2015 to 63% in 2016. Seventy percent of respondents said they do not personally know someone who can’t read. With 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. struggling with low literacy, most people probably do know an adult who can’t read. Eighty-three percent of respondents are not aware of adult literacy organizations in their communities. Learn more about their findings and download an infographic from their

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New Volunteer Spotlight: Sumedha “Su” Singh

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  My name is Sumedha Singh. Basically, I am from India and used to work in India but after getting married, I came to Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA in 2014. I have been seeking a volunteer work for society welfare for a while. Then one of my friends told me about Ozark Literacy Council (OLC) where I can work as a volunteer and enhance my knowledge about English, American civic literacy and many more. Before coming to this place I was bit nervous but after meeting the people at OLC, I felt that the people working at OLC are very friendly, soft spoken, and supportive, who make me as confident as a tutor for English as Secondary Language (ESL). After attending a tutor training workshop, I felt that it can be a great platform to improve my teaching skills. Therefore, It’s a great place to work and make friends, know the people from different part

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Fayetteville Community Police Visit OLC

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Our health and sense of well-being is affected by how safe we feel. Learning the life skills in staying safe and knowing who you can count on is important — whether you’re a newcomer or an old timer to American living.  In OLC’s health literacy/life skills class, students met with Corporal Brashears and Sargent Stout from the Fayetteville Police Department and learned practical ways in staying safe and who to contact if their sense of security is threatened. Students learned important procedures on what to do if they are pulled over while driving, their rights as victims of crime and how to seek support, and the different levels of law enforcement from local up to state.  As members of a larger Washington County community, OLC and its students, Sargent Stout and Corporal Brashears are looking forward to keeping connected and raising awareness about the cultural diversity and resources Washington County

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OLC Health Literacy Class Meet with EMS

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OLC students were treated to a visit from the Central EMS (Emergency Medical Services) of Washington County. Craig Harvey and  Zedok Crabbe are a Paramedic Team who serve all people living in Washington County and need emergency medical help. Craig and Z explained what to do in case of an emergency, and how the emergency services coordinate with other services including police and fire departments. Students also learned what training is needed to become a paramedic should they be interested in this profession. Craig and Z invited students outside to demonstrate their ambulance equipment. OLC will be coordinating with the EMS on delivering free Friends and Family CPR to interested students. – Julia Kilbourne This event was organized by Julia Kilbourne, OLC AmeriCorps Member, for her Health Literacy Class.

Ozark Literacy Council is hiring a part time administrative assistant

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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant Reports to: Program Director Specific Responsibilities: Support and uphold the mission of Ozark Literacy Council General administrative tasks include answering and directing phone calls and emails, processing mail, and maintaining physical order of the office Daily face to face, telephone, and email communication with adult learners and volunteer tutors Data entry in state database Assist in generating reports Provide support to instructors, tutors, and OLC staff members Assist in execution of OLC special events Maintain confidentiality of OLC’s clientele Additional duties as assigned by the Program Director and Executive Director Required qualifications: Must have strong written and oral communication skills in English Must have ability to work in flexible environment while maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere Must be proficient in basic Microsoft Office software Must be highly organized and excellent at multi-tasking in a fast paced atmosphere High School Diploma or equivalent Preferred Qualifications: Fluency

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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 margot@ozarkliteracy.org 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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