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“Champions of Adult Literacy” Event Celebrates
40th Anniversary and Resilience of DCLC Adults

Thanks to all who attended and supported this year’s special anniversary “Champions of Adult Literacy” fundraiser on November 10.

Champion Charlotte Hobson Griffin and Ellen Murphey Charlotte Hobson Griffin (right) received her Champion of Adult Literacy award from her former volunteer tutor Ellen Murphey.

The event honored four Champions who have made important contributions during DCLC’s 40 years, including Bob Preston, one of the founders of the Literacy Council; Gwen Cottman, retired GED instructor; Charlotte Hobson Griffin, former student and board member; and Madeline Bialecki, executive director from 2006 to 2013. Each Champion was introduced by someone who has been personally affected by that person. Pennsylvania Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky served as honorary emcee for the event.

Each Champion shared special memories of his or her time at the Literacy Council. Bob Preston recalled how he and several other community leaders in the Chester area started the Literacy Council in 1975 as a grassroots movement to train their neighbors to tutor adults in reading and writing. Bob emphasized the growth and continued positive impact of the Literacy Council in receiving his award.

Champion of Adult Literacy Bob Preston with Kim Kondla DCLC founder and longtime tutor trainer Bob Preston (right) was introduced as a
Champion of Adult Literacy by
fellow tutor trainer Kim Kondla.

The evening’s events included hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, gift-basket raffle, opportunities to donate in honor of the champions, and student success stories. More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.

Sponsors of the Third Annual "Champions of Adult Literacy" Awards Reception and Fundraiser included:
Hall of Fame Sponsors Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Harrah's Racetrack and Casino; Gold Sponsors Brinker, Simpson & Co., Bryn Mawr Trust, Swarthmore Rotary Club; Silver Sponsors Andy Shelter Photography, Chester Water Authority, Crozer Keystone Health System, Delaware County Medical Society, John Cipollone Heating & Cooling, Perri Evanson Homes, Plush Mills Senior Living, Rose Valley Appraisal Associates; Bronze Sponsors Baker Printing and Twist 'n' Shout Graphic Design.

DCLC raised $40,000 in honor of 40 years! Thank you!




Each book = $1,000 in contributions

Thank You for Helping Us
Reach Our Goal!

A gigantic thank you to all of the generous donors and supporters who helped us raise $40,000 in honor of our 40th anniversary!

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

More than 18,000 students have been served by the Literacy Council throughout its history. 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.

Thank you for helping us reach this important goal so that adult students can reach their goals! Your generous donations have been even more vital to the Literacy Council because of the negative impact of the Pennsylvania State budget impasse. DCLC has not been able to access funds from several grants issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education due to the delays in passing the state budget.

Please continue to give to ensure that adult students can benefit from DCLC's free literacy services and can continue to write their personal stories of success. To make a difference in the life of an adult student, click on the "donate now" button at top left or send a check payable to "Delaware County Literacy Council," 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 Tuesday and Thursday evenings, January 12, 14, 19, and 21, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a follow-up session Tuesday, February 16, 2016,
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.The next ESL Tutor Training will be held Saturdays, January 9 and 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a follow-up session Thursday, February 11, 2016, 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 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 Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, 2015, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please note that 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 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi on Monday, Dec. 21

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 Monday, December 21, at Noon, to discuss Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. “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.

November Selection:
by Marjane Satrapi