NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I don't know about you, but
I'm glad we are not buried in snow. However, winter isn't
The Literacy Council Board is still searching for
suitable office space. If any of our readers know of a room or
two in an office building that could be used as a charitable
donation, we'd love to hear from you. We only need enough
space for our bookshelves and a small table. A special thank
you to United Way of Southern Oregon for their assistance.
They helped us find a place before - TWICE!
Literacy Council keeps a low profile, people keep finding us.
Welcome new students Jessica, Eric, Don, Randal, Placido, Dean, and
Brahim. Also a grateful welcome to new tutors Gary and
Remember, if you were or are a volunteer or
student of the Literacy Council, our newsletter editor Nancy would
love to receive an article from you for the next issue of TUTORS
(see Editor comments). So, If you have an anecdotal experience
you would like to share with our readers, please email it to
Thank you again, dear volunteers, for your service to our
community. I hope you are all looking forward to sharing your
reading skills with our many students who need your help.
The Literacy Council's sole support is through
donations. As our funds are dwindling, we are in need of your help.
We are a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax
deductible. We appreciate your support!
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
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Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
A WORD FROM OUR
Throughout the years, we have
asked our tutors to send us articles about their successes,
suggestions on how to have a successful tutoring experience, fun
tutoring techniques, and so forth. My inbox is empty. So I am reserving this space
for our Spring Newsletter, hoping that you each of you will
participate in the coming newsletters.
It is important to share our
experiences and learn from each other. This is a powerful tool to
help our students. When we come to a road block with a student, we
might be able to overcome that struggle from a suggestion that has
worked for you.
We would love to hear how you are doing
with your students and what helps you succeed. Please send your
articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE
Currently, The Literacy Council of Jackson County is
looking for a new home. We are in need of an in-kind donation for
office space, large enough to fit our library, desk, and space for
Throughout the years, several organizations have
been very generous in helping us succeed by offering us a place to
call home. These include: Rogue Federal Credit Union, The Gordon
Elwood Foundation, and the Teresa McCormick Center.
This is a great opportunity for a business that has
extra space available and could benefit from a tax write-off. Not
only would it benefit your business, but it would benefit those
people in Jackson County that need help in succeeding in the job
market and in the community.
Please contact us at (541) 531-0166 if you are
interested in donating a space.
WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are struggling, or know of someone who is
struggling with English skills or reading, we have tutors available
for your individual attention, free (at no charge to you).
We help adults learn reading, writing, English, as
well as earning a GED, becoming a citizen, improving your job
skills, pass a driver's test, computer skills, and more. Call us at
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable
that is spelled out is a spark." - Victor
Many English words are formed by taking basic words
and adding combinations of prefixes and suffixes to them. A basic
word to which affixes (prefixes and suffixes) are added is called a
root word because it forms the basis of a new word. The
root word is also a word in its own right. For example, the word
lovely consists of the word love and the suffix
In contrast, a root is the basis of a new
word, but it does not typically form a stand-alone word on its own.
For example, the word reject is made up of the prefix
re- and the Latin root ject, which is not a
Teaching students what a root word is, as well as
the importance of a root word, is very important. Knowing the root
of a word allows students to build and make new words, as well as to
recognize and understand the meaning of a word they are not familiar
For example, the Greek word aster and astr means
"star." Knowing this, you can start breaking down words and their
- Astrology - the belief that stars tell the future.
- Astronomy - the scientific study of the stars and all the
- Astronaut - a traveler in outer space.
- Asterisk - a mark (*) that resembles a star.
Each of these words contained some meaning about a
I encourage teaching root words with spelling, as
well as affixes, to help your student better understand the meaning
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
YOU CAN HELP US
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from
A tutor will typically spend one or two sessions per
week with an adult learner. These sessions usually run 60 to 90
minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner often work together for 6
months to 2 years.
There are no credentials required. Simply
attend free training sessions and learn how to be an effective
tutor! "When one teaches, two learn."
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others. " - Mahatma