Bob Burger - Chair
Lea Richards - Library/Bookstore
Ellie Scholz - Secretary
Fram Nichols - Placement
Bob Burger - (Acting) Records
Liz Koester - RCC/CASAS Coordinator
Bob Burger - (Acting) Treasurer
Notes From The Chair
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
Last month marked the end of another Fiscal Year for the Literacy Council. Overall, our volunteer hours have declined. Some of our tutors have yet to be matched with a student, even though we have a growing list of potential students. Many on the list speak and read Spanish which requires extra patience by student and tutor alike to relearn vowel sounds and some consonants. I was tutoring two such students myself, so I speak from experience.
Thank you to the Rogue Federal Credit Union for letting us expand our office space, where we are conducting our latest computer literacy class which started last June. We have six students enrolled who have learned too much to remember in this intensive 16 hour course. This program is sponsored by the Rogue Learning & Resource Center.
In case you haven't heard, we've changed our E-mail address to Literacy@Juno.com. This move cut our Internet access cost in half. Our previous provider, InfoStructure, has served us well for several years. I hope Juno can match their high standards.
Last month we held our annual pizza meeting at Round Table Pizza in the Medford Center. They served a tasty buffet lunch to our volunteers. I was hoping for a larger turnout, but only the usual cronies took advantage of the treat.
In closing, I wish to thank our partners at the Rogue Community College for their continued support. And welcome to Kelly McGee who has joined their Adult Basic Education staff.
Bob Burger, Chair
Year-End Records Report
July 2007 - June 2008
Volunteer Hours ..... 890
Student Hours ........ 455
The Literacy Council served 22 adult students.
All meetings - 1 PM to 3 PM
Literacy Council office:
1175 Royal Ave, Suite B, Medford
For those of you who are new to this form of crossword puzzle, the object is to use all the game letters to fill every row and column, and also each 9-square section. If one of the rows or columns is the word that completes the sentence, then you know you've solved the puzzle correctly. Just the same, I'll provide the solution in the next issue.
Solution to last quarter's issue.
You may hear Shakespeare at the playhouse.
Try to solve this puzzle using these letters:
S A F E T U B C O
Find the word that fills in the blank:
Opinions, rather than facts, can ______________ the issue.
If you would like to create and submit a puzzle for
TUTORS, just send it to the editor by mail or e-mail.
The Literacy Council of Jackson County offers many volunteer opportunities. Here are just a few of them:|
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ESL Tutor: Assist students one-on-one to master the written English language sufficiently enough to fill out employment and health forms, follow directions on medicines, read maps, use public transportation effectively, enjoy computer applications, and open the doors of knowledge at libraries and the Internet. No experience necessary, we will train you.
GED Tutor: Help individuals study for the General Education Development exam. If you think you can teach math, science, history, reading comprehension and writing, then we want you to share your knowledge as a tutor. No experience necessary, we will train you.
General Office: If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and know how or want to learn to use a computer for keeping our records up to date, we want to hear from you. No experience necessary, we will train you.|
Newsletter Editor: Here's a job you can do in the comfort of your own home. You will need experience using a word processor or desktop publisher program. The editor gathers stories for each quarterly issue, arranges them on the pages, adds graphics or photos as desired, and prints out a master copy for publication. Is this for you?* * * * *
If any of these volunteer opportunities suits you, please give us a call at
or send us an e-mail message at
ABE Adult Basic Education: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as reading, writing and math to native speakers of English.
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
CASAS Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System: A battery of tests that we use for tracking student progress.
ESL English as a Second Language: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and math to non-native speakers of English.
GED General Education Development test: test which gives students a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma.
LCJC: Literacy Council of Jackson County
LD: Learning Disabled
RCC: Rogue Community College
TELT Training Effective Literacy Tutors: The training program for new volunteers.
TOPS Tracking of Programs and Students: form used to collect student demographics and test results reported to RCC.