Literacy Changes Lives Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County Literacy Offices in Venice and North Port Libraries 300 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL 34285 (941) 488-8994, [email protected] 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 (941) 861-1320, [email protected] Serving the people of Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey and Venice www.literacychangeslives.org NOVEMBER 2014 Featured Tutor and Student If you ask some immigrants, new to America, what career they want to pursue, you will hear replies like, “I want to be an X-ray technician” or “I want to own a restaurant.” Not so with North Port resident Larysa Aheyeva. She says straightforwardly, “I am a doctor.” She refers both to her career in her native Belarus as an OBGYN and to her future career in the U.S. as a physician and, hopefully, an OBGYN. An exceptionally fluent Level 4 student, Larysa came to the U.S. in May 2013. She says, “I had been dreaming about the U.S. and about bringing my daughter (now 16) to a place with more opportunity, a better chance to study for a future career.” In 2012, Larysa took a chance and played the lottery for a green card -- and won. She says that of about 10 million Belarus residents, only 1,000 might win Kathy Adamczyk and Larysa Aheyeva the green card lottery. Larysa had studied English in Belarus, but she took an additional crash course leaving the country. Once here, she enrolled in the English for Academic Purposes program at SCF. She also got her driver’s license within one month by “translating the manual into my native language and studying like crazy.” LVSSC tutor Kathy Adamczyk began to work with Larysa two months later, in July 2013. A pharmacist by trade, Kathy chose Larysa because of her medical background -- and the match turned out to be perfect. “We’re working on gerunds, infinitives and participles right now,” says Kathy, but she adds “every week, Larysa brings me a challenging list of English questions and issues” that keeps her researching for the next week’s lesson. In Jan. 2014, Larysa began studying with the Kaplan U.S. Medical License Exam (USMLE) series, which will prepare her to take medical exams in the U.S. It’s a mind-boggling series, even for those who speak English as their native language. There are three steps to the series, but Step 1 is the largest with 10 subjects in 7 separate books. Larysa says that some of the medical content is the same as in Belarus, but not all, so she must always be vigilant about differences. Larysa studies all day, every day. At night, she works a retail job at TJ Maxx, which she enjoys because she can interact with Americans in English. She is about halfway through the USMLE (U.S. Medical Licensing Examination) series and hopes to complete it in May 2015. But she says it may take longer because, “I need to be precise, deliberate, exact and thorough with everything. Those are the qualities a good doctor needs to exhibit.” After she passes her medical exams, her final step will be to complete a medical residency. President’s Corner During the summer, we received the very good news that United Way will continue to provide funding to help support our work. In fact, their allocation is up $1,000 from last year’s amount. This helps to support our North Port office, which we started staffing a year ago. (See the fiscal year financial statement on page 7 for a look at this past year’s income and expenses.) In August, board member Sandy McIntyre submitted our annual statistical report to ProLiteracy, the national literacy organization. The numbers are compiled from the reports filed by volunteers who send us the number of hours they worked. We also use these figures in talks to groups, grant applications, media releases and for board planning. Here are some numbers from our fiscal year ending June 30: 184 volunteers worked 13,258 hours 172 were active tutors or small class instructors 280 students met in small classes and one-to-one pairs with their tutors This year’s students came from 46 different countries! 80 new tutors received their initial training In addition to tutoring, Volunteer activities include editing the newsletter, maintaining our Facebook page, writing grants, maintaining the resource libraries, collecting and recording data, raising funds, and being a board member. If you would like to volunteer for any of these tasks, our membership committee, or a fundraising event, please call our Venice office at 941-488-8994. Even if you can’t volunteer right now, you still help us by being a member. Renewal letters were just mailed in October. Please join! Your membership makes a big difference! Thank you for supporting the work of the Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County! Nancy Pike THANK YOU! Thanks to grants from the Community Foundation at Venice Golf and Country Club and the Plantation Community Foundation, LVSSC was able to replace our copier at North Port Library and extend the maintenance contracts on both the North Port and the Venice copy machines for an additional three years. 2 OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER—NANCY ZAROWIN Nancy Zarowin is the newest member of the LVSSC Board of Directors. A teacher of music and literature in private high schools for 37 years, she was also Academic Dean of her last school before her retirement in 1999. Since 2000, she has been a Literacy Volunteer tutor in Norwalk, Connecticut, and, for the past three years, with LVSSC in Venice. Welcome to Nancy! BUSINESS MEMBERS SUPPORTING ADULT LITERACY Classique Salon, Chris Beachy Full Service Salon (seasonal), Pt. Charlotte (941) 624-6719 [email protected] Golconda, LLC, Manny Joaquim Management Consulting, Sarasota (941) 951-1301 [email protected] Corzetto Enterprises, Paul & LaVerne Corzetto Lawn & garden, house check & cleaning, pool cleaning, pressure wash & windows Paul 941-423-1272 LaVerne 941-423-4452 Sarasota Co. [email protected] Matthews Insurance, All State – Steve Matthews Sharon Matthews, 24-hour Customer Service, North Port 941-426-9571 sma[email protected] Business Members’ cards are posted on www.LiteracyChangesLives.org. Gold stars indicate donating more than the $50 Business Membership contribution. Connie Alderfer, LVSSC tutor and instructor in North Port, recruited these four Business Members. More Business Members are needed. We need more Recruiters! Call Sandy McIntyre, [email protected] or 941-412-0107, for instructions and materials if you are willing to recruit a few Business Members for Literacy Volunteers. Increasing adult literacy benefits the business community. 3 Contributors, Thank You for your Financial Support from July 2013 - June 2014! $5,000 or more Arline Smyth Quinn Charitable Foundation United Way of South Sarasota County $1,000-$4,999 Community Foundation at the Venice Golf & CC Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation Heron Creek Community Foundation Fund of Gulf Coast Community Foundation Edward Miranda Plantation Community Foundation Madeline H. Smith Women of the Moose $500-$999 Betty Black Robin Blair Kathleen F. Cellura Foundation George & Lorraine Cooper Priscilla Miranda Memorial Fund Women's Sertoma Club of Venice $100-$499 Constance Alderfer Elizabeth Bruckman Anna Crimi Chris and Paula Gray King's Gate Club Round Table Andrei Kisliuk Sandra & Charles McIntyre Nancy & David Pike Jerry & Joanne Robertson Polly Skinner Under $100 Irma L. Arroyo Alfred & Janet Azzoni Eleanor D. Barth Under $100 (cont'd) Nancy C. Behning Esther Bird Olive H. Calvert Carolyn Conte Ruth Ann Dearybury Bernadine Ensor Stephen D. Fox Barbara & Denis Gahry Anne M. Hollenbeck Joann Hunt Manuel Joaquim Frank & Margaret Kaprive Judith A. Lindauer Jeanne Madden James & Mary McCamphill Shelia McClintock-Fraser Marie McKinley Marion Mercer Nancy A. Moore Lenee Owens Audrey Patterson Meredith & Alan Pike Mary Ann Quardt Magdalena H. Schwall Jennifer Sites Madeleine Smith Valorie Stackpole Pat Swindler Nelda Thompson Janita Wisch Jean West-Walker Ruth Williams Sharon Williams Nancy & David Winans Judy Wolf Rick & Leslie Yard We would also like to thank all of our Members, everyone who donated to the United Way Walk-a-Thons in Venice and North Port and the team from Kings Gate Club, as well as the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and their partners for their involvement in the 2014 Giving Challenge. 4 SAVE THE DATE! Newsletters are published the first of November, February and May. Material for the publication should go to Editor Esther Bird by the third Friday of the preceding month. November 21, 2014; 1-5 pm: Laurel Health and Information Fair and Farmers Market at Laurel Community Center. LVSSC will have a booth. February 14, 2015: Dearborn Street Book Festival in Englewood. LVSSC will have a booth. February 21, 2015: Venice United Way Walk-a-Thon. Join our team! March 21, 2015: North Port United Way Walk-a-Thon. Join our team! March 24, 2015: LVSSC Annual Card Party fundraiser at Jacaranda Trace. March 28, 2015: Venice Book Fair downtown Centennial Park. LVSSC will have a booth. April 28, 2015: LVSSC Annual Meeting at Venice Library. If you would like to help with any of these events, please call our Venice office at 941-488-8994. LVSSC UPCOMING TUTOR TRAININGS November 1 and 8: New Tutor Training, both days at Jacaranda Library. November 12, 1 – 4 pm: Tutors Talking to Tutors, North Port Library. January 13 and 20, 2014 New Tutor Training, both days at USF Campus in North Port To participate in any of these, call the Venice office at 941-488-8994. Dear LitWits Each month we will publish an answer to a question from a tutor, instructor, or member submitted to [email protected] (Make your e-mail Subj: Dear LitWits). LitWits will delve into local brains and widespread research to answer your questions about the Literacy Volunteers organization or questions about tutoring or instructing adult learners. Have a question? Send it to the LitWits. Question: When I meet with my students, I find it challenging to keep them focused on my lesson plan. Their preference is to talk about personal issues, and I am not sure how best to restrict the personal chatter and focus on the lesson I have planned. — SF Answer: You can consider it a huge compliment that your student is comfortable with you and wants to chat. The conversation is important in their learning too and should be allowed within limits. I would suggest you allocate 10 minutes at the beginning of the session and at the end for chatting and the remainder for lesson plans. If student begins talking during the lesson plan, listen for a few minutes and then say something like, “that’s great and interesting, however, let’s get back to the lesson plan now . After we finish the lesson, we can chat again.” — the LitWits Readers—What are your thoughts and suggestions? Send any suggestions you have to [email protected] (Subj: LitWits). 5 READING BY THE COLORS Is your student having difficulty learning to read English, having frequent headaches, or being bothered by fluorescent lights? These may be symptoms of Irlen Syndrome. Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual problem (not a visual problem). This condition causes distortions in printed materials and physical symptoms. Irlen symptoms are relieved with colored overlays or tinted glasses. 46% of individuals with reading problems have Irlen Syndrome to some degree. Sandy McIntyre, LVSSC volunteer, is a Certified Irlen Screener. She conducts free screenings of LVSSC students. The appropriate color overlay can filter out the distortions on reading material. Irlen personalized spectral filters (tinted glasses or contacts) provide greater benefit improving everything seen, not just reading material. Below is the Short Self-Test from the Irlen web site: www.irlen.com For more information, go to the web site to watch “Reading Problems” videos and read “The Science” articles. There is also an extensive Long Self-Test. Try different background colors on www.irlen.com by clicking on the small colored glasses at the top. If your student is experiencing the problems listed in the Short Self-Test or physical symptoms of Irlen Syndrome, contact Sandy McIntyre, 941-412-0107, [email protected] Short Self-Test for Irlen Syndrome Irlen Color Overlays Irlen Spectral Filters Do you skip words or lines when reading? Yes No Do you reread lines? Yes No Do you lose your place? Yes No Are you easily distracted when reading? Yes No Do you need to take breaks often? Yes No Do you find it harder to read the longer you read? Yes No Do you get headaches when you read? Yes No Do your eyes get red and watery? Yes No Does reading make you tired? Yes No Do you blink or squint? Yes No Do you prefer to read in dim light? Yes No Do you read close to the page? Yes No Do you use your finger or other markers? Yes No Do you get restless, active, or fidgety when reading? Yes No If you answered Yes to three or more questions, then you might have a perception problem called Irlen Syndrome, which can interfere with your reading efficiency. 6 Summary Statement of Financial Activities For the Year Ended June 30, 2014 Unrestricted Revenue & Expense Revenue: United Way of South Sarasota County Unrestricted Grants Memberships Contributions Memorial Fund Fundraisers (net of expenses) Total revenue $ 6,000 1,000 4,865 5,672 731 7,100 25,368 Use of the facilities of the Sarasota County Libraries in Venice & North Port & the skilled services provided by our wonderful volunteers PRICELESS! Expenses: Salary/Payroll Taxes Training & Training Materials Office Supplies & Expense Dues & Fees Directors Insurance Total expenses 9,570 879 2,824 406 806 14,485 Change in Unrestricted Net Assets $ 10,883 $ 12,895 (19,990) (7,095) 14,555 7,460 Donor Restricted Grants Received in the current year Use of restricted funds Change in Restricted Net Assets Restricted Net Assets - beginning of the year Restricted Net Assets - end of the year Betty Black, Treasurer 7 $ Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County 300 Nokomis Ave. S. Venice, FL 34285 ves i L es cy ra Lite ng a h C FIRST CLASS Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County An Affiliate of ProLiteracy America Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S. Venice, FL 34285 Phone: 941-488-8994 [email protected] Yes, we will mail printed copies to members who do not have an e-mail address or who request paper copies. North Port Library, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail North Port, FL 34287 Phone: 941-861-1320 [email protected] Officers President Vice Pres. Secretary Treasurer Nancy Pike Sandy McIntyre Janita Wisch Betty Black Directors George Adamczyk Esther Bird Claudia Daniels Sheila McClintock-Fraser Polly Skinner Nancy Zarowin Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration No. CH8274 Literacy Coordinators Leslie Yard, Venice Karen Bridegam, North Port Volunteers Database, Reports, Records Sandy McIntyre Tutor Trainer Esther Bird Newsletter Editor Esther Bird 8 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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