September 2017: Literacyworks in the News

Ambassador Theodore “Ted” Eliot Jr. is our next Speaker


We are pleased to announce an afternoon with special guest Ambassador Theodore “Ted” Eliot Jr. (ret.). Ambassador Eliot served in the American Embassy in Moscow in the mid-‘50s at the height of the Cold War; in the American Embassy in Tehran the mid-1960s and for four and one-half years as Ambassador to Afghanistan. He then became Inspector General of the State Department. He was named Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Date:      Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Time:      3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Place:     Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus (Carole L. Ellis Auditorium)
Address: 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway Petaluma, CA, 94954

This fundraiser will support low literacy, low income, highly motivated adults in the North Bay to access community college and technical education programs by providing scholarships, advising and support.

General Admission: $25. Seniors: $20. Free for students.
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Dr. Krasny gave a well received lecture on the state of US education to a large crowd on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus (Carole L. Ellis Auditorium).

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and supporters in making Literacyworks Lectures a success! 

Photo: SRJC President Frank Chong, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Michael Krasny at lecture.


Literacyworks received $50,000 from the Sonoma Wine Country Auction Fund the Future grant (through Community Foundation Sonoma County) competition for our project, Parents as First Teachers: Engaging Families to Increase Children's Literacy at the Literacyworks Center.

This pilot program's goal is to improve the literacy skills of our Center's bilingual parents and children through a combination of access to resources in the home and the community and by training parents in the basic skills to encourage their children to become avid readers. The goal is to help our parents view their parenting role in a positive manner, have appropriate expectations of their children's achievements and establish and maintain positive relations with community resources, including libraries, schools, and community groups.

Literacyworks has been an early adopter in believing that children’s first teachers are their parents. We work with educational and literacy programs, including family literacy programs that serve children under 5, in libraries and community based organizations, throughout California and the Nation.

Because children develop reading and writing skills as they grow, family literacy takes place during daily routines in life as parents, children, and family members use literacy at home and in their community.

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Fall Semester Begins with 88 Literacyworks Center Students Enrolled in Classes

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In our efforts to further support our students, staff conducted a workshop on the Petaluma Campus of the JC on the Sunday before classes started. It was well attended and students were engaged and excited about the upcoming semester. As our students attend college for a number of semesters and started taking more classes, it is clear they are more relaxed and engaged in the campus community. The focus of the workshop was assisting students in accessing their personal information on the college’s on-line portal. We also discussed the importance of working with the college’s counseling faculty and developing an Education Plan. Immediately after the workshop, students were invited to attend the Center’s speaker series. Michael Krasny was the featured speaker and the topic of his talk was appropriately focused on education.

Featured Student: Imelda Macia

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Imelda Macias was our student speaker at the Michael Krasny lecture. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother attending SRJC Petaluma. Her goals include learning English and eventually becoming a nurse so she can give back to her community. As she spoke it was increasing evident that Imelda had much to offer all of us. Her selfless, altruistic nature shows through her words, smile and intentions. Each of our students has a unique story. Imelda’s was an inspiration to the entire audience. She ended quoting poet Maya Angelou: 

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."

Blimey! It's September Facts!

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September 8: International Literacy Day calls attention to the global need to increase access to children's books in the home and provide ways for families to build home libraries and encourage their kids to become lifelong readers

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day celebrates the history and speech from the Golden Age of Pirates. 

September 22: Native American Day celebrated

September is: Hispanic Heritage Month, National Courtesy Month, and Chicken Month

September 14, 1741: Composer George Frederick Handel finished Messiah after working on it nonstop for 23 days.

September 9, 1776: The United States came into existence as the Continental Congress changed the name of the new American nation from the United Colonies.

September 3, 1833: The New York Sun newspaper first appeared, marking the beginning of the 'penny press,' inexpensive newspapers sold on sidewalks by newspaper boys. The paper focused on human interest stories and sensationalism and by 1836 was the largest seller in America with a circulation of 30,000

September 1, 1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) (Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, At the Earth's Core) was born in Chicago. Before becoming a novelist, he was as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times