Volume 8, Issue 9
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
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. Hola, bonjour, shalom, marhabaan, nǐ hǎo!
Edilma Cardenas who, in pre-pandemic days, was an LVA student and office volunteer, never ceases to amaze us with her drive. The Colombia native was hired by the U. S. Census Bureau and will use her bilingual skills to help the government enumerate households, a task that determines how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and helps bring billions of dollars in federal funds to our area. An important job for which no one is better suited than Edilma. Congrats!
And student author Georgina Jerez is at it again, this time penning a social justice essay about the murder of a 20-year-old soldier at Fort Hood, a Texas Army base. You can read her latest offering, “Justice for Vanessa Guillen”, on the following NJALL page: https://bit.ly/3a3ojXr
We’ve heard from many of you about what you’re up to during the pandemic. Student Barbara is taking up the flute, Milton traveled to Portland, Maine and loves the city, and Nydia took up jogging. Doing anything new during the crisis? Let us know.
While working on gerunds, or present participles, tutor Catherine Cullar asked one student to come up with a verb that ends with the letters “i-n-g”. Well the woman, who is raising six children and works as a home health aide, had no problem offering “I am working all the time.”
“We laughed about how busy she is with her job, her family and her household obligations and she then said, ‘This sentence is so true, all I do is work!’ And we laughed some more,” Catherine said. “I have found her attitude to always be positive.”
Mary Kao may have heard it all during decades of tutoring students and training tutors. But she was still a bit surprised while showing concern for one student, who often remains home alone during the pandemic while her husband travels for work. “Isn’t it hard on you that he’s only there for a few days each week?” Mary asked. “Oh no, no, no, this is great!” the student laughed.
In the News
Yue, an ESOL student, left behind a family and hotel manager’s job in China to travel overseas and learn a new language and culture.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Barbara Hathaway
Thursdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020
Tutor Support Workshops
"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
"Writing Prompts for the Classroom,"
with Dr. Erik Jacobson
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Additional info: http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
Getting to Know Us
“Amid pandemic, 6,000 Fond Du Lac residents struggle with literacy. This group is helping”
Getting to Know Us