The Gift of Literacy – Part 2

In mid-December, we hosted our 2nd Annual Holiday Literacy Village for families involved in Read Muskegon programs, enrolled in local Head Starts or participating in other parent support programs. Parents and children made their way through nine stations, each focused on fun ways to build early literacy skills. Before heading home, each child was able to select several books to keep and each parent was provided with a literacy resource bag. Thank you to all of those who helped make this event possible including our many individual donors. And a big thanks to the Whitehall High School NHS students who got up bright and early on a Saturday morning to volunteer! The gift of literacy is one that will last a lifetime.

 

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Read Muskegon is Moving!

We are excited to announce that we will be moving our offices over the next few weeks.  We have enjoyed the last several years working out of the Muskegon Area District Library offices on Airline Road and are thankful for their partnership, but our long-term goal has always been to move to downtown Muskegon so that we would be more accessible to our learners.

Our new office will be located in the heart of downtown, at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd Street.  The church is also the home of Kid’s Food Basket.

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Over the next several weeks, we will still be providing services but our office space will be closed while we paint, move and reorganize.  If you need to check out or return resources during that time, please contact Sarah at 766-5040 and she will arrange to meet you.  Our phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same.

We’ll have an open house at our new space early in 2016.  Hope to see you all there!

It’s Pumpkin Time at EXIT!

The October Family Literacy Dinner at EXIT was all about Halloween!  The EXIT participants were able to decorate pumpkins with their families which was the highlight of the night.  Special thanks to our friends at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Muskegon for providing a delicious dinner and to Todd Greiner Farms of Hart for donating the beautiful pumpkins.

 

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Read Muskegon Fall 2015 Newsletter

Read Muskegon’s Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available online. Read stories from our learners and find out how we are changing lives.  Stay up to date on our programs and trainings. Check out photos from our events. Click here Fall 2015 Newsletter to read all about it. And don’t miss out on our next issue, head to the home page of our website, scroll to the bottom and subscribe today!

Read Muskegon’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: A Decade in the Books

    Thanks to We Take Photographs for capturing our celebration, to Shelley Irwin for acting as our emcee, and to Hampton Green Farm and the Van Kampen, Boyer, Molinari Foundation for hosting our event and making sure over 95% of the funds raised during the evening will go directly to our programming.

 

Read Muskegon’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: A Decade in the Books

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Please Join Us For…

Read Muskegon’s 10th Anniversary Celebration:

“A Decade in the Books”

With Event Emcee Shelley Irwin
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
5:30-9:00 PM

Dinner  ~  Cash Bar  ~  Kid’s Tent

Hampton Green Farm
5440 East Farr Rd.
Fruitport

 

We invite you to join us to celebrate

all that we have accomplished together

and find out more about our plans for the future.

 

Event Schedule

5:30 Registration ~ 6:00 Horse Show ~ 6:45 Dinner & Presentation

 

There is no charge to attend this event.
Guests will be asked to make a voluntary contribution.

 

RSVP 

by phone or email to Louise Schaallema

231-769-5985/louise.schaallema@readmuskegon.org

 

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Join us May 15th for “A Conversation with Read Muksegon”

Are you interested in understanding more about the issue of adult illiteracy and what Read Muskegon is doing to address it?

Are you passionate about literacy and want to know how you can participate in creating change?

Do you have ideas that you would like to share about how we could better serve our community?

Would you like to help us educate others about the issue?

Every other month, Read Muskegon hosts an informal breakfast conversation to raise awareness, build stronger partnerships, increase our volunteer pool, and get people talking. We meet from 8-9 a.m. at the Coastline Deli, Terrace Plaza, Muskegon.

Our next conversation is Friday, May 15th.

If you, or someone you know, would like to join us please RSVP to louise.schaallema@readmuskegon.org.                or 231-769-5985

Earth Day Family Literacy Dinner at EXIT

Read Muskegon celebrated Earth Day at our monthly Family Literacy Dinner at the EXIT alternative sentencing program.  After a delicious dinner, we read “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr and talked about simple ways to help take care of our planet. The kids decided “We should not break the Earth”.  We planted sunflowers to take home, read books as families, and spent a lot of time laughing.  A big thank you to Bernie O’s for the donation of pizza, the Nichols Community Cares Team for donating books and home care products for the families to take home, and the Great Start Collaborative for their financial support of this program.

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Read Muskegon 2015 Scrabble FUNdraiser Rules

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday, March 21st at the Watermark 920 for our Scrabble FUNdraiser.

If you haven’t played at our event before or just want to review the rules, you can find them by clicking here: scrabble rules

If you haven’t registered your team and would like to play, please call Louise at 231-769-5985.