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Literacy Center hosts Summit to address literacy in West Michigan

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 09-05-2012 under NONPROFITS

The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s Community Literacy Initiative will host a Community Literacy Summit to address low literacy in West Michigan and highlight current efforts in the community to improve the issue. The Summit will take place...

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Kent School Services Network honored in Denver

by (bcmanhart)

Submitted 08-09-2012 under OPINION

In case the oppressive heat and superhero movie binge wasn’t hint enough, summer is officially here. For many, the word is synonymous with boats, barbeques or bonfires. Fishing. Camping. But for Carol McGovern-Paine, the director of the Kent...

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Tonja's story: former adult learner graduates college with awards

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 07-19-2012 under NONPROFITS

Tonja Lofton was an adult learner in the Literacy Center of West Michigan's Adult Tutoring Program.  Tonja shared her story after successfully moving on to receive a college education after participating in the program. Hello my...

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Grand Rapids selected as pacesetter for exemplary work with young readers

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 06-11-2012 under NONPROFITS

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has named Grand Rapids a Community Solutions PaceSetter for its leadership in addressing the challenges that keep many low-income students from learning to read. Grand Rapids is one of 124 cities, counties and...

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Literacy Center's Spellebration highlights a second chance for participants

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 05-29-2012 under NONPROFITS

As Lonette, Porfirio, and Megan prepared to deliver their speeches to a crowd of over 300 people at the Literacy Center of West Michigan's Bee Dazzling Spellebration, they were nervous and anxious. However, they did not let the anxiety stop them...

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Parent Spotlight: Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 03-07-2012 under NONPROFITS

Monica Zavala is a parent in our Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program. This posting reflects her writing ability at the time of her participation in the program.  My name is Monica Zavala. I am from Mexico and I’ve been living in the...

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Literacy Center of West Michigan Family Literacy Program Thrives at Head Start

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 08-23-2011 under NONPROFITS

For the past four years, the Literacy Center of West Michigan and Head Start for Kent County (HS4KC) have worked together to provide literacy learning opportunities for Head Start families. The Family Literacy Program, funded by donations to the...

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Adult Learner Story: Elena's Story of Love

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 08-08-2011 under NONPROFITS

Each month, the Literacy Center of West Michigan publishes a newsletter from the Adult Tutoring Program.  The newsletter features article submissions by adult learners who may have never had the ability to write an article prior to their...

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Adrdsisgne Laenrnig Dsiabitileis: Addressing Learning Disabilities

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 05-25-2011 under NONPROFITS

There are many reasons why a person may have dropped out of school at a young age or have a low reading level as an adult.  Learning disabilities is a common factor in adults with low literacy levels. 50 – 80% of students in adult...

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Grand Rapids Public Libraries' pre-reading programs: Getting them started young

by (millertime79156)

Submitted 04-25-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids Public Libraries are helping parents with their children’s language development. At all of the branches the libraries offer three different sessions: Pre-Reading Classes for Babies, Pre-Reading Classes for Toddlers, and Pre-...

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