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At the 17th Annual Adult S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee on November 12 two teams squared off for the final two rounds: Bee-lievers from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Logophiles from JAARS. In the 12th round, Logophiles defended its 2014 win and correctly spelled ‘synonymous.’

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A student who earned a promotion credits learning English

"Before my life was different – I didn’t have the communication with people who spoke English because I was fearful. I didn’t want to go place I didn’t know. At work, if someone wanted to talk to me, I couldn’t because I didn’t know how to have a conversation. I didn’t know how to read or write. All these things pushed me to want to learn English. Thanks to the Literacy Council, it is helping me to have a better position at work, have more opportunities in my life, and have more friends. When I go to the doctor for an appointment, I don’t need an interpreter because I understand what they say and we can talk about it. I can make appointments for my family over the phone. What has benefited me in my personal life – I have a better income. My job promoted me to kitchen manager. I want to keep learning more for my future." 


A student learns to express himself

"My experience at the Literacy Council has been really good because I found nice people that make me feel important. They took the time to explain things to me carefully, slowly and with respect. When I was in school, I could write and read some but I had problems when it was time to speak. I felt like I stood out from the rest of the class because everybody could speak better than me. That did not make me feel good. When I first came to the Literacy Council, I did not think the small group class was for me and that I wanted something else but I was wrong. The class is what I need. It is very important for me to learn English because.  I am the kind of person who likes to talk all day but feel frustrated when I can’t express what I want. My goal is to put 100% into my class because I am going to own my own company."


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Our Collection for Used Toner/Ink Cartridges Is Full

We collect used toner cartridges and recycle them at local office supply stores for credit. Our collection bin is overflowing. Please do not bring used toner or used ink cartridges to us in December. 

Enjoy an Event and Bring a Friend

Our events are casual and fun.  The Adult S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee has been a family-friendly favorite event for years.  Our Chocoholic Frolic in the winter is a crowd pleaser for date night or girls' night out!