December 2021 Newsletter - Thanksgiving celebration, volunteering, and Matching

Season's greetings to you and yours!

From all of us at the Collierville Literacy Council, thank you for being a part of the CLC's mission to empower people and enrich communities through literacy.

It's because of you that our building isn't a space to simply give out books. The CLC is a home for people to learn safely, meet their goals, and share what they learn with their family and community.

We are looking forward to a bright new year with you!

Thanks to a grant from AllState - Carrie Moore (pictured with Program Manager Sinaria El Hassan), our English Speakers of Other Languages experienced a traditional American Thanksgiving. Students shopped, cooked together, and enjoyed a meal with our volunteers, teachers, and supporters.

Thanks to our volunteer Cathy Bertram, who prepared and served the turkey, and for our students for sharing their own additional touches, like hot mulled apple cider.

“Living the experience of preparing for a Thanksgiving meal felt so much fun,” student Hanady Soboh said. “Cooking something new felt so exciting especially when we loved the result. Now, I love Thanksgiving. It brings me warm feelings sharing all of this delicious food.”

In our Reading Intervention program, we work intensively with our students one-on-one, but we also involve our parents. Reading takes a little bit of extra work at home, and we offer training about our program to build fluency and comprehension, review phonics rules. We also want to help when a child shows some feelings of anxiety about reading, whether that's avoidance or anger.

This holiday, we're still reading together! Here, one of our tutors shares materials with a parent to discuss. Please share how you're listening to stories and podcasts, talking about family recipes or stories, watching a movie with the subtitles or captions on, and reading together on our social media pages.

You may see Odelia Laor in our office. Odelia is new to Memphis, and to the US, and she's volunteering with us to rebuild our website.

We appreciate that support so much - it's a skill and talent we need that we cannot pay for!

If you have a talent in IT or fundraising and development, or are interested in volunteering in our office with our students, we could use your time, talent, and skills! More information about our needs is on our website.

Many thanks to Hook Point Brewing, who donated $780 to the Collierville Literacy Council. Hook Point donated half of ticket sales from Pickin' and Grinnin', the first event on the lawn of the brewery.

You may also have bid on an item in Shop for the Season, Shop for the Cause online auction, sponsored by Maureen Fraser, John Green & Assoc., and Dr. Tommy Whited. We raised $6,435 from the auction. Thank you to our sponsors, the businesses who provided items, and our bidders for your support!

We have a match for your holiday gift towards scholarships!

This December, Round Up App is matching any donations up to $50 for the CLC. If you can spare your $5 holiday cup of coffee for the CLC, Round Up will match it, making the gift to the CLC $10. Our goal is to raise $500 towards scholarships for our students who can't afford Reading Intervention or ESOL support.

Sign up at Round Up!

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