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Literacy Action Blog

COVID-19 Closure

Thanks for your interest in Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Our offices are closed and student services are temporarily reduced as we try to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. If you are interested in becoming involved with Literacy Action as a student or
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Amanda Gets a New Job!

(Updated June 2020) Amanda started literacy tutoring in July 2018 with a great attitude and ready to get to work. At that time, Amanda was in the middle of a job search because she had recently lost her job at a local nursing home. From the beginning, Amanda’s first tutor, Herla
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Overcoming Doubt to Learn to Read

Overcoming Doubt to Learn to Read: William’s Progress and Potential When William became a student nearly six years ago, he could only write his name and sing the alphabet. His supervisor brought him to our office because he wanted to learn how to read. She told the Literacy Acti
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Surviving War and Turmoil

Surviving War and Turmoil: Theva’s Journey from Laos to Learn English By: Irma Jaime, AmeriCorps Tutor, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas When Theva was 18 years old, she came to the United States from Laos, a country in the midst of war and political change. When Theva arrive
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From The Christian Science Monitor: People Making a Difference

In the fight against adult illiteracy, Sara Drew is trying to change lives ‘one word at a time.’ By: David Karas, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 August 2018 *Please click the arrow at the bottom left corner of the article to read page 2.   Thank you for taking the time to read
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Being Brave to Learn English

Being Brave to Learn English: Sam’s Journey to Conversational English By: Cara Gieringer, Volunteer Tutor at Literacy Action Sam Park moved to the United States in February 2017. Before that, he lived in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. Sam worked at the headquarte
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GAIN Client Inspires Others

GAIN Client, Eric, Inspires Others to Improve Literacy By: Liz Hall, AmeriCorps VISTA, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas When Eric enrolled as a student at Literacy Action last fall, he set two goals: go back to school and get his driver’s license. Despite having his high scho
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ESL Classes Offer More than English

ESL Classes Offer More than English: Students Find Friendship, Self-worth and Community By: Liz Hall, AmeriCorps VISTA, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas Echoing through the halls of the former schoolhouse at St. Edward Catholic Church are laughter, worldly accents, and joyful sound
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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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