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Creek County Literacy Program Offers Free Tutor Training Workshop to Adult Volunteers

Help Teach An Adult to Read. Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor.

 

(SAPULPA, OK – January 19, 2016) The statistics are shocking.

  • Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 to 24 years old do not have a high school diploma.
  • Eleven percent of adults in Creek County 25 years of age and older do not have a high school diploma.
  • Twelve percent of Oklahoma adults – more than 400,000 – are functionally illiterate.

 

Creek County Literacy Program is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in basic literacy.

Creek County Literacy Program is a non-profit organization that trains adults to become volunteer literacy tutors, and then matches those tutors with adult learners. To become a tutor, one must attend CCLP’s free 8-hour Tutor Training workshop. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and no prior teaching experience is required. This free workshop is held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. The workshop is Saturday, January 30, 9am to 5pm. Lunch and snacks are provided.

The presenter, Donna Hall, received her Master’s in Reading from Northeastern State University. Hall is a Certified Reading Specialist as well as a National Board certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. She has taught in the elementary school setting for nearly 20 years, teaching second grade at Edison Elementary School in Bristow. For two years Hall served as a REAC3H Instructional Coach, providing training and assistance to 14 school districts. She has also completed the requirements to present innovative strategies for Oklahoma literacy instruction as an Open Minds trainer, sponsored by the Literacy Resource Office of Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please call 918-224-9647.

 

About Creek County Literacy Program

Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. Struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands Reading Program. Last year, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.Flyer - Tutor Training Workshop January

Creek County Literacy Program Announces Free Workshop: Easy Flavored Waters & Healthy Fruit Salads

Live cooking demonstration provides easy, healthy recipes

 

(SAPULPA, OK – March 24, 2015) Join Creek County Literacy Program and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service as we learn how to make easy flavored waters and healthy fruit salads. This live cooking demonstration is presented by Marie Gibbs, a nutrition education assistant with the Creek County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Gibbs’ two-fold workshop will demonstrate simple, inexpensive recipes using fresh ingredients.

“Infused water is so easy to make at home, and is less expensive than store bought. Many of the flavored waters from the supermarket contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. Our recipes contain water, fresh produce and herbs, and they’re so refreshing!” shares Gibbs.

As the warmer weather approaches, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water, especially for older adults and the very young. Dehydration can be very serious and many factors put older adults at a higher risk of dehydration.

Gibbs will also prepare a fresh Fruit Salad and Fresh Summer Fruit Salsa. The dishes Gibbs prepares will be available to sample. There will be recipes and handouts for participants. The workshop will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30pm.

This free event is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information or to register, call 918-224-9647.

 

About Creek County Literacy Program

Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. 136 struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with 58 senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands program. In 2014, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.

 

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Creek County Literacy Program Announces Free Workshop: Container Gardening

Free workshop provides information and materials for container gardening

 

(SAPULPA, OK – March 18, 2015) Are you interested in learning more about container gardening? Would you like tips and tricks to quickly and easily start your own windowsill garden?

Join Creek County Literacy Program and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service as we discover how to grow our own herbs and small vegetables during this fascinating workshop. Sandy Dimmitt-Carroll and other Master Gardeners will do a step-by-step lesson for container gardening. This dedicated group have volunteered hundreds of hours impacting Creek County.

The workshop will cover a variety of information on economical container gardening. “Container gardening is ideal for individuals who live in apartments, or may not want to have a large garden but enjoy the taste of fresh herbs in their cooking,” shares Dimmitt-Carroll. During the workshop, participants will be able to create a container garden that they can take home and cultivate. The free workshop will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm.

This free event is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information or to register, call 918-224-9647.

 

About Creek County Literacy Program

Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. 136 struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with 58 senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands program. In 2014, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.

 

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Tai Chi Quan: Moving for Better Balance, Designed to Reduce Older Adults’ Risk of Falling, held Mondays at the Library Annex in Sapulpa

Every year in Oklahoma, approximately 7,000 older adults are hospitalized and more than 350 die from a fall
According to a report by the Injury Prevention Service – Oklahoma State Department of Health, most fall injuries happen in predictable, preventable ways. Most falls happen in homes and are entirely preventable. Simple changes such as lighting, furniture arrangement and housekeeping can make older adults less susceptible to falling in their homes.

Health conditions, such as hip or bone weakness, arthritis and blood pressure fluctuation can cause older adults to be more prone to falls. Those suffering from neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease are also at an increased risk for falling.

The Creek County Literacy Program, in conjunction with the Creek County Health Department, is pleased to announce new class dates for their program designed to reduce older adults’ risk of falling.

The starting date for the Library Annex Tai Chi Program is Monday, January 5 at 10am. The first class will begin with a discussion on Tai Chi, including a question and answer session. The one-hour classes will be held for 12 weeks. The Library Annex is located at 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa.

Tai Chi Quan: Moving for Better Balance is a free program geared towards adults 65 years of age and older. “It is encouraged for anyone over 45 years of age,” shares Tai Chi Instructor Gina Wozencraft, of the Creek County Health Department. “The purpose of the program is to improve one’s balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Studies have shown that Tai Chi improves muscular strength, balance, postural control, and reduces the older adults’ risk of falling by 47 to 55%, as well as reducing the risk of falls by Parkinson’s Disease patients by 67%. The eight forms in this program are all derived from the traditional, well-known 24-form Yang style Tai Chi, which has been tailored to older adults wishing to improve balance and mobility,” she explained.

Research evidence shows falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in every age group except ages 15 to 24 and are the leading cause of injury death among adults 65 years and older in the United Sates.

Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases their actual risk of falling.

MS sufferer Jo Beth Force says, “In one-and-a-half years, Tai Chi has made a big difference in reducing my risk of falls due to MS. The slow movements helps me concentrate on utilizing my mind and body when walking, twisting and turning. I definitely have expanded my range of movement and flexibility while remaining stable and balanced. It is fun and relaxing too!”

Susan Abbe, who has practiced Tai Chi for over two years, says, “I consider this my main form of exercise. It’s fun because it is kind of like dancing. It helps keep my mind focused while helping with improved mobility and definitely more stability.”

“In the four years I’ve been teaching, I always enjoy watching the participants grow and flourish, gaining confidence as we go through the eight forms,” says Wozencraft. “It is absolutely priceless when participants are eager to share with me and others the difference they see how this program has helped them personally, whether it’s with their stamina, balance, coordination, and how it’s improving their daily lives. We have fun, we laugh, and I love when they return to sign up for another full session. I teach as many as six locations, and though the class is geared for a 65 year old person, I have participants ranging anywhere between 60 to over 80 years attending class. They’re so active and enjoy what this Tai Chi program brings them,” she said.

First timer Jacque Case loves Tai Chi. “It has helped with my stability and definitely with my balance. I no longer shuffle as I walk, but pick up my feet and walk heel-toe, heel-toe now. The concentrated and slow movements have improved my reaching and stretching in daily activities. PLUS … I lost weight!”

Instructor Gina added, “I can’t thank the Literacy office enough for hosting these classes. It’s an ideal location in Sapulpa. Most of my classes have 10 to 12 participants, but CCLP’s normal class size is 20 to 25! I have seen many friendships form at the literacy office, and have seen participants connect with other activities such as tutoring! Love it!”

The 12 week Tai Chi program is being offered at no cost to area residents. This free event is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. No prior sign-ups are required to attend class. For more information or to register, call 918-224-9647.

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Creek County Literacy Program Announces Free Workshop Your Guide to a Healthy Brain

Free workshop provides information and materials for a healthier brain

Are you interested in keeping your brain healthy? Would you like tips and tricks to maintain a healthy brain?

Join Creek County Literacy Program and LIFE Senior Services as we explore ways to keep our brain and body healthy during this very interesting workshop. Brittany Sober, an Education and Caregiver Program Specialist with LIFE Senior Services, will share great tips on fitness, healthy food choices that promote a healthy brain and some of the facts about mental health.

Sober’s workshop will cover a variety of tips and tricks to help you keep a healthy brain. Sober will also have an exercise DVD as well as helpful tips and information to help participants stay active. The workshop will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa on Tuesday, January 6 at 5:30pm. Brain-healthy snacks will also be available.

LIFE Senior Services is a non-profit United Way organization specializing in home and community-based services. LIFE promotes healthy aging and aging-in-place for seniors, as well as services and support for family caregivers playing a critical role in helping loved ones continue living at home. From Senior Centers for active adults 50+, to Care Management and Adult Day Health for older adults struggling to maintain independence, LIFE is committed to helping all seniors. LIFE’s services include helping beneficiaries understand Medicare options, to publishing a monthly senior magazine to developing affordable senior apartment communities.

This free event is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information or to register, call 918-224-9647 or email info@creekliteracy.org.

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