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Creek County Literacy Program offers free Caring Grands tutor training to senior citizen volunteers

Help a struggling first and second grade reader. Become a volunteer literacy tutor!

According to a May 22, 2014 article in the Sapulpa Daily Herald, the State’s Reading Sufficiency Act, passed in 2011, required students to score satisfactory on a single reading test administered at the end of third grade in order to be promoted. HB 2625 relaxed that standard, and students who score unsatisfactory will be evaluated by a panel of local parents and educators to determine if they move on to fourth grade.

 

  • In Sapulpa, 34 of 248 third grade students who took the reading test scored unsatisfactory and were in jeopardy of not passing.
  • In Kellyville, 19 of 83 students were in jeopardy. Mannford reported 12 of 89 students.
  • Ten other districts redacted numbers for state and federal privacy laws.

 

To become a Caring Grand tutor, one must attend CCLP’s free Tutor Training workshop. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and no prior teaching experience is required. This workshop will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 9am to 2pm at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. Lunch is provided.

Our Caring Grands tutor one-on-one with first and second graders who struggle in reading, equipping them with the tools to become successful readers before entering third grade. Caring Grands are senior citizens who have successfully passed a background check and have been trained at a full-day tutor training workshop. Caring Grands meet with their students for one-on-one tutoring at least 30 minutes at least one time weekly during the school year. Caring Grands help struggling readers early on with additional assistance in reading instruction so they are better equipped to score a proficient score on the Oklahoma third grade reading test.

Our presenter, Donna Hall, received her Master’s in Reading from Northeastern State University and is a Certified Reading Specialist. She is a National Board certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. Donna has taught in the elementary school setting for 18 years, and for the past two years has served as a REAC3H Instructional Coach, providing training and assistance to 14 school districts.

Creek County Literacy Program is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, educate and aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy.

For more information or to register, contact Creek County Literacy Program at 918-224-9647 or info@creekliteracy.org.

Caring Grands workshop Flier

New Financial Training Program Designed to Assist Adults in Personal Money Management

Today, Creek County Literacy Program announced the launch of a community education program designed to increase adults’ understanding and confidence in personal money management. This six week course aims to educate adults about finances on a basic level. It includes information on Identity Theft, Managing Your Money: increasing income and reducing expenses, Managing Your Money Utilizing Cash, Checking and Savings Accounts, Obtaining and Managing Credit and Household Insurance.

The program will be presented in a group setting and is designed to assist attendees in developing their own personal financial plan. Sessions will include; handouts, an introduction to complimentary technology, shopping activities, a cooking demonstration, group brainstorming and outside speakers. Attendees will, by the end of the program, have created their own easy, practical financial plan to improve their financial future.

This Training Program will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa on Tuesdays beginning May 6 through June 10 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The program is free of charge and refreshments will be served at all sessions. Childcare will be provided.

“We are very excited to host this program,” shared Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director the Creek County Literacy Program. “The Presenter is a retired Finance Director of a non-profit agency, Consultant to non-profit agencies in the area of Finance and Human Resources and a former ADSAC Facilitator certified by the State of Oklahoma. She’s developed a custom Financial Training Program for Creek County Literacy Program for which we have seen a real need.”

The National Center for Family Literacy reports that low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development. Of Oklahoma children, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 49% live in a low-income family. 84% live in low-income families with parents who do not have a high school degree. 46% live in low-income families with a single parent. 18% live in low-income families who do not have an employed parent.

Adults with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $48,485 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,281, and those without a high school diploma average $19,492.

Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and 4% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a ninth grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. For more information and to register, call 918-224-9647.

Financial Literacy Flyer

Creek County Literacy Program Announces the Winners of the 16th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee

There were 21 teams registered at the 16th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee, but just one team walked away with the coveted Traveling Trophy. The Overall Winner was Sapulpa Public Library, The Wannabeezzz, by correctly spelling “plagiarism”.

Divisional trophies were awarded as follows:

Schools: Oklahoma School for the Blind OSB’s Braille’s Bees
Public Service: Sapulpa Arts The Drama Queens
Businesses: Inverness Village Benevolent Bees
Civics & Clubs: Sapulpa Public Library The Wanabeezzz
Banks: American Heritage Bank Mother Mary’s School for Girls
Most Spirited: Sapulpa Arts The Drama Queens
Best Costume: Creek County Literacy Program Napoleon Dynamite

Sponsors included American Heritage Bank and Tulsa Freightliner. A special thanks to Mix 96 Tad Lemire for emceeing and Danziger Photography for photographing the event. Sapulpa High School hosting the 2014 Spelling Bee appropriately enough, as the theme was It’s Time for you to BEE Back in School!

Money raised from the Spelling Bee furthers the Mission, which is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy.

17% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and 4% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. For additional information call 918-224-9647 or email info@creekliteracy.org.

2014 Spelling Bee Winners

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

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

The statistics are staggering.

  • 17% (9,080) of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma.
  • 4% (2,136) of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education.
  • 12% 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 will be held over two Saturdays at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. Dates are Saturday, April 5 from 9am to 2pm and Saturday, April 12 from 9am to Noon. Both sessions are mandatory. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Our presenter, Donna Hall, received her Master’s in Reading from Northeastern State University and is a Certified Reading Specialist. She is also a National Board certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. Donna has taught in the elementary school setting for 18 years, and for the past two years has served as a REAC3H Instructional Coach, providing training and assistance to the 14 school districts to which she is assigned. Donna 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, contact Creek County Literacy Program at 918-224-9647 or info@creekliteracy.org, or click here to download a flier.

The 16th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee Benefits Creek County Literacy Program

Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event is just days away – the Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee is Thursday April 3, 6:30pm at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 16th year, this year’s event looks like it may be one of the program’s most successful Spelling Bees on record!

It’s Time for you to BEE Back in School is this year’s theme. “Corporate teams will come dressed in costume,” explained Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program. “We are seeing lots of fun and imaginative team names and are looking forward to seeing the costumes – they’re running the gamut of popular teen movies to catholic schools!”

Attendees will enjoy a great dinner, silent auction, door prizes and greatly anticipated Spelling Bee. Raffle prizes include an OU football autographed by Coach Stoops and a Kindle Paperwhite. There are many silent auction baskets, and the live auction items include four Disney Theme Park Tickets. Spanish Jack’s Fine Foods is donating $5 from each $10 BBQ sold at the Bee.

Tad Lemire of Mix 96 Tulsa – the Tad & Lindsay Show in the Morning – will serve as emcee. Sponsors include American Heritage Bank, Tulsa Freightliner, Krumme Oil and OG&E.

Money raised from the Spelling Bee furthers the Mission, which is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy. This fundraiser makes up approximately 9% of CCLP’s annual operating budget. CCLP is accepting auction items and sponsorships. Join us as a Bee Keeper – Spectators are invited to show their support for only $35!

Who will prevail this year and take home the top prize? Find out on April 3 as teams compete for bragging rights and win the 2014 Spelling Bee.

17% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and 4% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. Sponsor information and registration forms are available online at creekliteracy.org. For additional information call 918-224-9647 or email info@creekliteracy.org.