Holiday Village 2017

Read Muskegon’s Holiday Village was a huge success.  This year’s event was held at Covenant Community Church. Over 100 of our neighbors participated in 10 village stations that were designed to help build early literacy skills.  Santa made sure each child got a stack of books to bring home along with the ornaments and cookies they decorated.  Thanks to our friends at Read Early Read Often for donating the beautiful books!

 

 

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Family Literacy Center

While Read Muskegon has been running programs from our new space at 26 E. Boradway since June, 2017, we marked the official opening of our new Family Literacy Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony in October.   Muskegon Heights Mayor, Kim Sims, and MAISD Superintendent, John Severson, spoke about the importance of our partnerships before the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce helped officiate the ribbon cutting.  We were thrilled to have so many members of our community join in our celebration.

 

Grand Opening October 25th

Grand Opening 

Read Muskegon’s

Family Literacy Center

26 E. Broadway

 

Join us on

Wednesday, October 25th

11:00 Refreshments & Tours

11:30 Ribbon Cutting

 

For More Information:

Melissa Moore 231-830-5539  or  melissa.moore@readmuskegon.org

The mission of Read Muskegon is to increase the quality of life in

 Muskegon County through improved literacy.

www.readmuskegon.org

 

Read Muskegon Offers Job Skills And English Classes

Over the past 3 years, Read Muskegon has developed programs tailored to lower literacy adults that are focused on preparing them for entry-level jobs or apprenticeship positions in the Muskegon County workforce, increasing the number of residents who are qualified for these positions.  Through a grant from the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, Read Muskegon is now able to expand this program and also include specialized classes for English Language Learners (ELL).

Classes focus on building literacy skills specific to: completing job applications & resumes; workplace safety; filling out health care enrollment forms; writing on the job; financial literacy; understanding workplace instructions; and topics specific to the learner’s individual goals or areas of interest.  The ELL class also includes curriculum focused on family literacy so that parents who are new to the English language also understand how to support their children’s academic readiness and success. Besides improving their literacy, all participants learn important skills such as following directions, verbal communication, and how to provide positive feedback.

Classes meet twice per week with a rolling admission.  Participants receive certificates for every 40 hours of class completed, with the option to expand their learning time at our Family Literacy Center with 1-1 tutoring or specially designed software.

For more informaiton, contact Sarah Klassen, Program Director.                                                                                        231-766-5040 or litcoordinator@readmuskegon.org

 

                                            

                            

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on enrollment in these classes, call 231-747-7273.  Classes start September 19th. Sign Up Today!

Read Muskegon’s New Family Literacy Center Wish List

OUR UPDATED WISH LIST !

We are so excited about our new Family Literacy Center located at 26 E. Broadway Avenue in the heart of the City of Muskegon Heights. We have made so much progress with the getting our new space set up to accommodate those we serve. As we continue to organize, we continue to discover items that we are still in need of.

We  have compiled a “Wish List” of specific items that can be donated to help us make the space safe and efficient. Here are the items we are in need

  • Recycling Bins for paper returnables
  • Pop-Up Tent for Community Outreach
  • Door Buzzer System
  • Floor tiles and Indoor Floor Mats for main entrance safety during winter months
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Diaper Changing Table
  • Mobile Folding Wooden Book Storage Units
  • Dolly/ Carry Cart

To donate any of these items or if you have questions, please contact our Office Manager, Tish Williams at tish.williams@readmuskegon.org or by calling our office at 231-747-7273.

We would like to thank everyone for  your generous donations. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support.

 

Experience Read Muskegon: A Conversation About Literacy

 

                 

Join us at our new Family Literacy Center at 26 E. Broadway for a one-hour conversation. Learn how adult illiteracy is impacting our county. Find out how Read Muskegon is breaking generational cycles of illiteracy through customized programs that meet the unique needs of our learners. Tour our new location and learn how it will play a critical role in our mission.

June 22 8:30 am     June 22 4:30 pm

July 11 10:00 am     July 11 4:30 pm

July 20 8:00 am     July 20 5:00 pm

Aug 3 10:00 am     Aug 3 4:30 pm

RSVP to Tish Williams:

tish.williams@readmuskegon.org    231-747-7273

www.readmuskegon.org

 

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Our Spring 2017 Newsletter is all about our move to Muskegon Heights and the opening of our Family Literacy Center.  Click on the link below to read all about it!

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Read Muskegon to relocate to Downtown Muskegon Heights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Read Muskegon to relocate to Downtown Muskegon Heights

In partnership with the City of Muskegon Heights Downtown Development Authority, local non-profit organization Read Muskegon will open a Family Literacy Center at 26 East Broadway in the spring of 2017.  The center will act as a countywide hub for literacy with a focus on providing programming for low-literacy adults and their 0-5 year-old children.

Read Muskegon will be the first organization to partner with the Downtown Development Authority to invigorate commercial corridors in Muskegon Heights. As Read Muskegon brings its programs and administrative offices to the new site, it also brings its volunteers and partners, allowing them to see firsthand the opportunities that exist in the City.

According to Melissa Moore, President of Read Muskegon, “Opening a literacy center that is accessible to many of our learners with the most critical needs has been at the core of Read Muskegon’s long-term planning.  We are excited about all of the opportunities that relocating to the heart of the Muskegon Heights downtown will bring with it.”

The menu of services offered at the Literacy Center will include:

  • 1-1 tutoring
  • Small group classes focused on improving functional literacy, job readiness and instruction for parents on how to engage in early literacy development with their children
  • English as a Second Language small group class focused on job readiness, functional literacy and developing early literacy in children
  • Literacy based Play & Learn groups for low-literacy parents and 0-5 year-olds
  • Literacy based ABC’s of Cooking, a six-week parent and child healthy cooking workshop for low-literacy parents and 0-5 year-olds
  • Drop-in Literacy Lab tutoring
  • Family Reading Corner open 5 days a week

Additionally, Read Muskegon will offer community-based Family Literacy activities and book distribution at the Height’s Farmer’s Market, family movie nights, and other community events.

“The DDA Board has been extremely proactive in assisting the City with our economic development efforts, and will play a key role moving forward as we work to establish viability and diversity in our offerings downtown. We at the City of Muskegon Heights are thrilled to see Read Muskegon making an investment in our downtown, and are confident they will make a great impact in our community,” said City Manager Jake Eckholm.

One in six adults in the United States is functionally illiterate, reading at or below the 4th grade level.  In Muskegon County, that translates to more than 21,000 adults.  The adverse effects of illiteracy are felt in our economic, education, criminal justice, and health care systems.  Read Muskegon is focused on breaking the generational cycle of illiteracy by providing customized programs that meet the unique needs of their learners.

Contact:

Melissa Moore

231-830-5539

melissa.moore@readmuskegon.org

 

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Team Up with Us for Our Next Tutor Training April 17th and 18th!

Our next Tutor Training is April 17th and 18th from 6-9pm! There is always dinner provided (usually pizza)! Both nights are required unless you have made special arrangements with Sarah.

It will be located at our office at Central United Methodist Church (1011 2nd St. Muskegon, MI 49440).

If you are interested in joining our awesome team of volunteers, please contact Sarah at 231-766-5040 to sign up for an orientation prior to completing a tutor training.

You MUST sign-up with Sarah  and complete an orientation before attending the training!

Come Join Us at Our Bi-Weekly Play & Learn

Play & Learn

Hands-on Activities for Ages 0-5

ABC Learning Centers

Chance for Parent and Child to Bond, Learn, and have FUN!

FREE Snacks & Books!

 

1 PM to 2:30 PM

Samuel Lutheran Church

540 Houston Ave.

 Muskegon MI, 49442

 

  • March 6th
  • March 20th
  • April 10th
  • April 24th
  • May 8th
  • May 22nd

Call Sarah at 231-766-5040 with any questions!