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Champions of Adult Literacy 2015 to Celebrate four “Homegrown” Champions November 10 at Harrah’s Four DCLC VIPs are 2015 Champions of Adult Literacy

This year’s “Champions of Adult Literacy” Fundraiser will honor familiar faces as part of the Literacy Council’s 40th anniversary festivities.

We invite you to meet our four champions. Each one has made significant contributions to the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC), helping us to reach the 40-year mark!

Madeline Bialecki (upper left) served as DCLC’s Executive Director from 2006 to 2013, during which time she bolstered the organization's profile and community connections.

Charlotte Griffin (upper right) first came to DCLC more than 15 years ago as an adult student who wanted to work on her reading skills. She improved her reading and has been giving back to the organization ever since, serving on the DCLC Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013.

Gwen Cottman (lower left) retired this summer after teaching evening GED Preparation classes for 30 years! She is well known and loved for her personal approach to helping adult students.

Bob Preston (lower right) is one of the founders of the Literacy Council. Back in the 1970s, he volunteered first to tutor, then to train tutors, and finally to help the new organization establish itself. Bob has continued to train volunteer tutors for all of DCLC's 40 years, launching the generous efforts of more than 3,000 volunteers over the years!

Help us celebrate these wonderful champions by attending the Third Annual “Champions of Adult Literacy” Awards Reception and Fundraiser on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ballroom at Harrah's Casino in Chester.

The evening’s events include hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, gift-basket raffle, opportunities to donate in honor of the champions, and student success stories.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here.You may also send a check to 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013, or call 610-876-4811 for more information.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Susan at 610-876-4811.

35,000 already raised--help us get to 40!

UPDATE: $35,000
raised so far


Each full-color book = $1,000 in contributions

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years
with New and Renewed Donations—We’re Almost There!

Goal of $40,000 Set for Anniversary Fundraising

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) is seeking to raise $40,000 in donations.

DCLC's anniversary fundraising is in full swing. With generous donations from a wide variety of supporters, we are well on our way to reaching our goal, as represented by the 35 full-color books at right. Help us add the last five books (and more!) to the stack by becoming an important part of the Literacy Council's story as a DCLC donor.

DCLC is able to provide high-quality literacy services for local adults because of generous donations from local individuals, small businesses, foundations, and corporations.

In 2015, DCLC celebrates 40 years of helping adults to improve their skills, learn to speak English, earn their GEDs, get better jobs, and vastly improve their lives.

It all started in 1975 when a group of intrepid volunteers, including our current Master Tutor Trainer Bob Preston, started training volunteers to teach their adult neighbors to read and write. With a few twists and turns along the way, the movement gained momentum, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and exists today as the Delaware County Literacy Council.

More than 18,000 students have been served by the Literacy Council in the last 40 years. Include the tutors, teachers, supporters, and staff involved in helping these adult students achieve their goals, and it adds up to an impressive number of inspirational stories.

Help us celebrate each and every success by ensuring that there will be more successful adult students in DCLC's future. Add more books to our stack and help us reach our goal by clicking on the "donate now" button at top left or by sending a check made out to "Delaware County Literacy Council" to 2217 Providence Ave., Chester PA 19013.

Student Spotlight: Warren Wright
Benefits from an Inquiring Mind

Warren Wright and Jeff Haviland--DCLC Student and Volunteer Tutor

Adult student Warren Wright (at left in photo) "loves to question the 'whys' and 'why nots' of what people assume," says his volunteer tutor Jeff Haviland. This quality was just one of the reasons Jeff nominated Warren for DCLC's Student of the Month award.

Warren also "connects the things we learn to real-world applications," according to Jeff. Warren is such an enthusiastic student that he readily offers to speak to prospective DCLC tutors and DCLC students to let them know all he is getting out of the program. Warren's reading level has increased by several grade levels since he started at DCLC in 2014, and Warren has also made great improvements in math.

Congratulations, Warren, on being named April 2015 Student of the Month!

For more inspirational stories by and about DCLC’s adult students, visit our Student Showcase and our Student of the Month features.

Free GED, ESL, Basic Literacy Services for Adults

Adults interested in GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Basic Literacy instruction or tutoring should contact DCLC at 610.876.4811 to learn about the intake process. New students will be enrolled in orientation sessions throughout 2013. Services available include classes, small-group instruction, and one-on-one tutoring at various Delaware County locations. Read more ….

Free Tutor Training Available for New Volunteers

Free training for new volunteers who will tutor in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered throughout the year. The next ABE Tutor Training will be held Saturdays, November 7 and 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Monday/Wednesday evenings, November 9 and 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All trainings are held at the Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Attendance at all sessions and pre-registration are required.

Call Melina at 610.876.4811 to discuss volunteer opportunities and the application process, or read more about how to become a volunteer tutor.

DCLC Building Has Modified Hours

The DCLC building will be closed Monday, October 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day. DCLC closes for inclement weather when both Upper Darby School District and Chester-Upland School District close due to weather conditions.

“One Book ... One Literacy Councilto Discuss The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers on Wednesday, Oct. 14

Join a group of DCLC tutors and other book lovers in reading a work of literature each month to promote reading and to share ideas about the books that are read.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group will next meet on Wednesday, October 14, at Noon, to discuss The Yellow Birds: A Novel, by Kevin Powers. “One Book...One Literacy Council” meets regularly, usually on the second Monday of each month.

The meeting will take place at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA 19013. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informal gathering. All are welcome. No RSVP is required.

Participants also can post their reactions to the book on our blog.

The “One Book...One Literacy Council” group reads books of mutual interest and meets regularly (usually the second Monday of the month) to discuss them. To learn which books have been discussed previously by the group, read our list of past books.

August Selection:
Waiting for Snow in Havana
by Carlos Eire