Wordplay Event Postponed Once Again 

This time of year we're usually deep into the planning of Wordplay, our annual fundraiser, and Charlottesville's live trivia contest. Due to the on-going need to keep social distancing measures in place, we have opted to postpone the game. While we're not ruling out the possibility of a fall event, at this time we have no plans to hold Wordplay in the traditional format. We had a blast playing virtually last October and may explore events like that again in the future.
Wordplay is our only fundraising event and usually raises approximately $30,000 a year for our students. The absence of these funds is definitely felt. If you normally attend Wordplay and would like to continue to help our students, we welcome any financial support you can provide.

Six Citizenship Classes Offered in January

Our Citizenship Program continues to see substantial growth online. We started our virtual Citizenship program in June with one class and eight students enrolled. In January we ran six sections with 60 students enrolled!
This month, Catherine is developing new Civics course materials for our students who will be taking the new citizenship test that was announced in December. Beginning in March, we plan to offer separate sections of the Civics class (Old Civics Test and New Civics test) and will work with students to ensure they are enrolled in the correct class. Textbooks for the new test have not been published so Catherine will be creating and printing our own curriculum in house.
We look forward to helping all of our students successfully pass their test, no matter which version they will be taking. 

Student Spotlight: Nebiye's Kitchen

Throughout the pandemic, many of our students have looked for innovative ways to grow their businesses and spend all their extra time at home. Before immigrating to the US, Nebiye was a nursing professor in Istanbul. Now she is sharing her love of cooking healthy foods on YouTube with cooking demonstrations!
Her videos are mostly in Turkish but it's easy to follow along. After some persuasion from her tutor, she started to try recording them in English too. Her Zucchini Fritters video is in English and they look delicious! Check out her mouthwatering videos for favorite dishes like baklava or börek.
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If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer tutor, we invite you to join us for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation or Tutor Training. Orientations provide a quick overview of our program and volunteer requirements. While they are not required before registering for tutor training, they will help you decide if our program is a good fit for you.
Click on any of the months below for more information and to register. All sessions are held on Zoom. Please let us know if you have any questions about training or becoming a volunteer tutor by emailing info@literacyforall.org.
Orientation Sessions:
  • March: Thursday, March 11 | 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m.
  • April: Thursday, April 1 | 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Tutor Training:
  • Tuesdays: 16, 23, 2 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 18, 25, 4 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 13, 20, 27 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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