Literacy Services

The Legacy Center Celebrates World Literacy Day with Prize Giveaways

In celebration of World Literacy Day, September 8th, The Legacy Center held a Kindle Prize Giveaway Event for learners and tutors. The Kindle products were donated by CPI Fluid Engineering, a local division of the Lubrizol Corporation, in memory of their employee, Nicholas J. Sperry. Participants were asked to submit a statement describing what they liked best about tutoring with The Legacy Center. Several tutors and learners participated in the random drawing. Cindy Bozkaya, an English as a Second Language learner, won a Kindle Paperwhite. She said the staff and volunteer tutors have helped her improve her English fluency and math skills, which has helped her make progress in school. Dawson Willis, a Barton Reading and Spelling learner, won a Kindle FIRE Kid’s Edition. He said that his tutor is helping him learn to read, he’s having fun and he can now read by himself! Aimee Kopiwada, who has been a volunteer tutor for nearly eight years, won a two-year subscription to Kindle Unlimited. When asked about what she likes best, she said it warms her heart to see a young person, who has been struggling to read, begin to relax and enjoy reading. The Legacy Center turns the dream of being able to read and understand language into a reality for adults and children alike. We provide free and confidential tutoring in reading, spelling, math and English as a Second Language so that people of all ages can reach their full potential. Call us today at (989) 496-1425 to learn more about our programs or how to become a volunteer tutor.  

Barton Program Helps Struggling Readers

    By Kaitlyn Pake, Public Relations Intern   Have you ever wondered what life would be like if reading or comprehension came as a struggle to you? Something so simple that many individuals take for granted every day. Something so simple yet something so many others strive to understand. However, doors have been opened for those who tussle with low literacy skills. The Barton Reading and Spelling System is an ongoing intervention that currently serves hundreds of people in our community and nationwide. Due to the unemployment rate and the reduction of funding from school systems, the number of individuals seeking these services has steadily increased over the past few years. Success is always the end result with the Barton system. Over the years, countless success stories have surfaced but there are three stories in particular that exemplify the program as a whole. Shannon was a 14 year old female, who was being homeschooled. Upon entering the Barton system, Shannon was reading at a third grade level. After three years in the program, Shannon graduated at a twelfth grade reading level. Not only did her reading, writing, and spelling improve, but she also grew into a confident young lady with personal goals she is now able to pursue. Jason, a young boy who had been enrolled in special education classes at a public school, entered the program as a fourth grade male reading at a second grade level. In two years his reading improved from 2.6 (2nd grade, 6th month) to a 6.5 (6th grade, 5th month) and he graduated reading at his grade level. Brad, an adult enrolled in the Barton system, was reading at a 2.7 grade level. Seventeen months later, he was reading at a 6.5 grade level. Brad felt he had reached his reading goal […]

TLC Receives ProLiteracy Certification

The Legacy Center for Community Success announced today that its Literacy Services group has received national accreditation from ProLiteracy. For more than 26 years, The Legacy Center (and its predecessor the Literacy Council of Midland County) has been helping adults and children throughout Midland County improve their literacy skills. The organization originally received accreditation in 2006. Jane Hugo, Proliteracy’s vice president of programs and services, says, “We are proud that The Legacy Center will remain on our growing list of accredited organizations. They have once again demonstrated that their program meets the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs and that their services to the community are effective. We applaud the many volunteers, staff and learners who have devoted their time and effort to achieve this goal.” “Accreditation is very important to our organization,” says Jennifer Heronema, president & CEO of The Legacy Center. “We continuously benchmark ourselves against similar organizations to ensure our programs remain effective and that we’re utilizing the best available resources to meet the changing needs of our learners.” ProLiteracy’s Accreditation provides literacy programs with a comprehensive process for: 1) conducting an organizational self-assessment; 2) developing program improvement plans; and 3) demonstrating that their organization meets the highest standards for governance, program management, program operations and volunteer development.

The Legacy Center Needs Volunteer Tutors

September 6, 2012 – The Legacy Center for Community Success, Literacy Services, is recruiting volunteers to tutor adults in reading, math, and English as a Second Language. TLC is also seeking tutors for the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, which helps adults and children with dyslexia, as well as struggling readers, overcome their language-decoding and processing difficulties. The four-night training will be held on September 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Legacy Center for Community Success, 3200 James Savage Road. Those interested in serving as a volunteer tutor should contact Tina or Becky at (989) 496-1425.