See you at dinner on Monday, August 14 from 5pm-9pm at Chipotle!
Show the flyer prior to paying, or on your phone/device to the cashier that you are supporting the Literacy Center and Chipotle will make a donation of 50% of your purchase to our adult literacy program. I’ll be there with my Literacy Center t-shirt on so I’d love for you to join me and we can chat about the Literacy Center and how we benefit the community.
Jenn Wigginton, Executive Director
Crop for Literacy Raised over $1700!
7th Annual Crop For Literacy raised over $1700!!
The Literacy Center held its seventh annual Crop For Literacy on July 15, at Harrison College. There were 28 croppers and a handful of Vendors who joined us.
“I greatly appreciate each volunteer, vendor, donor and participant that supported this year’s event.” said Jennifer Wigginton, Executive Director. “Congratulations to all of the prize winners as well.”
Special thanks to the following volunteers who made this event happen: Gayle Arvin, Sandy Dierlam, Lindsay Sullivan, Rosetta Dillard, and Joshua Kanter.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Dairy Queen North
Dairy Queen North Park
Donut Bank Diamond Avenue
Emporium Hair Salon
Evan Nail & Spa Inc.
First Avenue Car Wash
Hacienda First Avenue
Lombardi’s New York Pizza
Rare Bird Gifts
Roca Bar North
Shine On Car Wash Express
Walthers Golf & Fun
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
Check out all photos on Facebook!
The IAACE and Indiana Literacy Association Adult Learner of the year award goes to THELMA BENNINGTON.
Thelma was a high school graduate with a third-grade reading level, when she came to The Literacy Center in January of 2006 with a goal to improve her reading and technology skills because she didn’t want to be embarrassed about her reading inadequacies any longer. She has determinedly stuck with the program for 11 years and worked with more than one tutor. Although Thelma faced struggles and plateaus in her journey, she amassed 275 instructional hours in 2014 while completing seven novels. In 2015, Thelma read ten novels and had over 90 hours. In 2016, Thelma completed 86 instructional hours and read eleven novels. Despite full-time employment with constantly changing overtime and shift changes, she has puts in the hours on a regular basis, month after month, and year after year. Over the last 11 years Thelma developed an excellent pattern of reading and raised her reading skills from a third-grade level to mastering the READ assessment and obtaining seven level gains.
As a devoted learner, she continues to work diligently to accomplish her goals, her goals accomplished include: spelling; online banking and budgeting; geography and map reading; navigating the internet, embracing e-mail, downloading electronic books, reading from and utilizing tablets, navigating with GPS devices, and communicating via Skype. She has also shown bravery, traveling by car to St. Louis, Missouri; and Clarksville, Tennessee. And traveled solo by airplane to Dallas, Texas, with a connection in Atlanta.
Thelma’s dedication and progress are admirable. She exemplifies fortitude, attitude, adaptability, punctuality, consistency, bravery, and goal achievement. Thelma has successfully surpassed her goals. She has continued her path of being a self-directed engaged learner by starting her seventh novel this month. Thelma is anything but embarrassed today: she now proudly reads aloud, welcomes book recommendations from friends, and impresses her tutor with her insight when they discuss complex themes and characters.
The Literacy Center is very proud of Thelma Bennington the 2017 IAACE Outstanding Learner of the Year.