Volume 8, Issue 8
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Education districts around the country are studying outdoor classrooms, due to the coronavirus. That’s familiar ground for Will Williams and his students, Robert and Rajpattie, above.
Literacy Volunteers of America Essex & Passaic Counties
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 566-6200, ext. 217 or 225
195 Gregory Avenue, 2nd Floor, Passaic, NJ 07055
Cristhian Barcelos -Executive Director
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Ellen Rooney Martin -Recruitment & Training Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA Family. We hope you are safe and healthy.
Well it’s been months since the health crisis of a lifetime first changed the way we live and work. We’re proud, and a bit amazed, to learn how you’ve adapted and continue to work to improve literacy for adults. Here’s a snapshot of what some of our students and tutors are doing during the pandemic:
Georgina Jerez: With the arrival of the crisis this ESOL student from Ecuador began writing like her survival depended on it, covering everything from the effect of the novel coronavirus on families to social injustice, in a series of memoirs published online by the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL). You can read the author’s latest work by pasting the following link into an internet search. https://bit.ly/3a3ojXr
Will Williams: For more than a month, tutor Will Williams and students Rajpattie, from Guyana, and Robert, from Jamaica, have met outdoors in a Bloomfield park (see adjacent photo) when remote learning wasn’t always an option. It’s a carefully-crafted weekly affair, Will said, with everyone wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
And it has its issues: Besides the physical distance factor, you can’t see speakers form their words, due to the masks. Still, his students were more than ready for a change. “Rajpattie kept asking me ‘When’s the library going to open, when are we going to be able to go back in’,” said Will. “Robert was kind of eager to get back into a classroom setting as well.”
Pamela: This literacy student from Guyana rifled through the entire NJ driver’s manual during the quarantine, in preparation for the written exam, according to her tutor, Lynn Bentkowski. And she’s ready. “Pamela is a superstar,” Lynn said. “She’s accomplished so much these last couple of months.”
On another subject, friends, we have many students awaiting help during the pandemic. Please accept an additional student into your group and help improve someone’s life.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Literacy skills critical, particularly in age of COID-19,” The Robesonian, https://bit.ly/3gzA0aK
“Improving literacy in the United States,” Center for American Progress. https://ampr.gs/3gxEwH1
Robert’s strong work ethic and passion for learning have led to his success as a student. “The progress that he has made is unbelievable,” said his tutor, Will Williams.
Tutor Support Workshops
"Making Distance Learning More Engaging, "
with Ann Moore
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Laughter is the Best Teacher, "
with Lisa Batitto
Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
“Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Speaking”
with Abby Kane
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11:00 am – 12: 30 pm
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Barbara Hathaway
Thursdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020
Additional info: http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
Getting to Know Us
“Kids translate when parents speak only Spanish, a vital service during pandemic”
Getting to Know Us