ADULT LITERACY WEEK EVENTS HIGHLIGHT
THE IMPORTANCE OF CLARK SERVICES
Left to right: Adult literacy program student Marisol Monge, tutor Molly Patronick, tutor Marti Todd, Clark College Basic Skills Director Mark McLean, student Valiya Klimovitch, tutor and Battle Ground Adult Literacy Volunteer Coordinator Nettie Pullella-Barca gather to address the Battle Ground City Council and receive their proclamation.
Each year, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire designates a week in October as Adult Literacy Week to highlight the need for literacy services and their provider programs. This year, Adult Literacy Week was observed October 21-27.
|When Wei Lee Hsu (standing) addressed the Camas City Council, it was the first time she’d ever spoken in public – either in the United States or in her native Taiwan. She’s obviously blossomed under the guidance of her teachers and tutors. “I’m not afraid to speak to Americans anymore,” she said. Wei Lee also let the council in on a secret about her tutor: “She has a lovely smile and loves sweets.”|
As part of the activities, Clark College sponsored and participated in a variety of events around the county. Students, volunteer tutors and staff addressed city council meetings in Battle Ground and Camas on October 15 and received proclamations from the mayors of those cities.
On October 15, Patsy Mitchell (standing) told the Camas City Council: “I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have the gaps filled in my education. The barriers are being removed so I can take notes without having to correct them later, and I can read words I couldn’t pronounce before.”
In addition, Basic Skills Director Mark McLean made a presentation to First Aid Only in recognition of the English as a second language (ESL) classes
it offers to employees. Lynn Miller, human resource coordinator at First Aid Only, accepted the Community Partnership Certificate.
Clark and First Aid Only have teamed to offer an ESL class to employees at their workplace to improve their ability to speak, listen, read and write English.