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From Gangbanger to Bishop Bodyguard

From Gangbanger to Bishop Bodyguard “I chose the streets instead of my education.” When Michael was going to elementary school, it simply wasn’t required for him to attend regularly. “I wanted to be my own person and do what I wanted to do. They didn’t make you go. You wen
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Finding Her Voice: A Star Student Story

Finding Her Voice: Beatriz Chavez When Beatriz Chavez came to Literacy Action’s Conway Office in January 2017, she already had a strong foundation of English. But, that hasn’t stopped her from wanting to learn more, practice her speaking skills, and dream big about where h
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Project LIFT Brings Families, Books Together

$1,500 parish grant boosts new family reading program at Little Rock learning center By: Aprille Hanson, Associate Editor, Arkansas Catholic, February 10, 2018 In the rush of everyday life, reading with a child can easily be pushed aside. Couple that with knowing limited English and i
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Get Ready to Ride Tour de Toad 2018!

Literacy Action is gearing up for its 11th Annual Tour de Toad Bike Ride! The official bike ride of Toad Suck Daze in Conway will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The ride will start at 11:00 AM at the Conway Municipal Airport, 3250 Sand Gap Road, Conway, Arkansas 72034, with registr
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Party With a Heart Raises $22,000 for Literacy Action

Literacy Action Receives $22,000 from Party With a Heart’s Fundraisers in 2017 Thank you Party with a Heart for supporting us in 2017! Party with a Heart is a nonprofit organization that increases awareness, education, and support for causes within our community by bringing wome
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Heflin Youth Foundation Awards $5,000 for New Family Literacy Program

Heflin Youth Foundation Awards $5,000 for New Family Literacy Program In 2018, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will start its pilot family literacy program, Project LIFT (Literacy Inspiring Family Transformation). We are excited to be among the first recipients for a grant of $5,0
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Ready for #GivingTuesday?

  A Letter from Sara Drew, Executive Director Dear Friend of Literacy Action,  We’re just one week away! November 28, 2017 is the day that shows how every act of generosity counts and every act means even more when we give together. We are excited about #GivingTuesday for s
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Student Story: From Sharecropper’s Son to Reading Enthusiast

From Sharecropper’s Son to Reading Enthusiast John* was born on the day World War II began, Pearl Harbor Day in 1941, in the east Arkansas flat delta farmlands. He was a sharecropper’s son and went to very poorly funded “colored” schools in Keo, 20 miles south-east of Little Roc
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Support Literacy Action (for free)!

Three Ways to Give Support Without Paying an Extra Dime! Literacy Action knows that tutoring can be a big commitment that requires a lot of your time and energy. If this is not the best time for you to tutor a student, here are three ways you can give for free that will still have a b
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BHP donates $6,700 to local literacy group

BHP has awarded Literacy Action of Central Arkansas a $6,700 donation to support literacy programming in Faulkner County.  By Log Cabin Democrat Aaran Mattson, Literacy Action’s Faulkner County program coordinator, and her student use the program’s current equipment to work on literac
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Help Inspire New #ARreaders!

Characters like Scout Finch, places like Narnia and Middle Earth, and stories about proud, prejudiced lovers have inspired us for years. However, in central Arkansas, over 145,000 adults do not have the literacy skills they need to fill out a job application or read a prescription lab
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Congratulations to the Shine a Light Award Winners!

Student and Tutor of the Year Award Winners We had a great time on September 29th honoring our students and tutors at Shine a Light on Literacy. We were pleased to present our Student of the Year Award to Christina Cook. Christina worked incredibly hard this year to make huge strides
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“Free to Read” – Literacy Action in the News!

A wonderful story of continued success about our partner program with the women of Westover Hills Presbyterian at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center! Here’s just a snippet of the article written by Rachel Herzog from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Four inmates attended
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An ESL Student and Her Tutor: Angela and Jenifer

As a tutor for Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and I tutor one-on-one with adults who want to improve their literacy skills. In April 2017, I started tutoring Angela. Angela is from Venezuela. She and I meet weekly for individual
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James Hawkins is the ALC 2017 Student of the Year!

The Arkansas Literacy Councils 2017 Student of the Year was our very own James Hawkins from Conway! Many thanks to the ALC Board, and to James’ tutor, Michael Siniawa, who wrote the nomination for James below. And, of course, to James Hawkins, for being such an inspiring and har
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Literacy Action Receives $15,000 Grant from Dollar General

Literacy Action Receives $15,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy Action of Central Arkansas a $15,000 grant to support adult literacy.  This local grant award is part of more
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It’s Almost Arkansas Gives – April 6, 2017!

Arkansas Gives is almost here, and we need your help! Mark your calendar for April 6! This is the last year for Arkansas Gives, so it is the last chance to make your donation have a bigger impact! Through generous contributions last year, Arkansas Gives enabled Literacy Action to make
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Tutoring for a Second Chance

Westover Hills Presbyterian Church teams with Literacy Action to help inmates at Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility improve their reading and writing skills A student nervously twists a bit of hair around her fingers as she completes a test to determine her current literacy le
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Tour de Toad/Iron Toad takes off in May 2017!

The 10th Annual Tour de Toad takes off on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. registration) from the Conway Municipal Airport. An official event of Toad Suck Daze, Tour de Toad raises funds to increase adult literacy in central Arkansas, while encouraging a healthy lifest
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Interview with Betty Harp: Literacy Action Founder

Betty Harp, one of Literacy Action’s dedicated founders, was a pioneer in the fight against adult illiteracy. Traveling throughout Arkansas in the 1970s, Harp and her colleague, Margaret Booth trained volunteers to teach adults with basic literacy skills how to read. Their goal was si
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