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.

 

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!

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! 

 

Read Muskegon Quarterly Newsletter Now Online

 

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Click on the link below to catch up on what’s been happening at Read Muskegon and what we’re planning for the future.

 

Read Muskegon Quarterly Newsletter

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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