On June 18th, the Read-A-Thon program, held in the Delaware Valley School District over the last 6 weeks, concluded and the students raised $1,800 for the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, (WPALP). Students from the Delaware Valley High School and the three elementary schools of Delaware Valley, Dingman’s Ferry and Shohola, read additional books, selected by the school district, in return for pledges to support the WPALP. The WPALP is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free tutoring and textbooks for adults who want to earn their GED, learn English, or to improve their literacy. The money raised by these young scholars will go towards purchasing additional text books for adult students. Well done to all!
On June 19, 2015, Ronnie Bugaj Fischer and Janine Edwards, members of the Wayne County Bar Association presented a check for $2500 to Annette Petry, the President of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP). The WPALP is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free tutoring, textbooks, and other services to adults who want to earn a GED, learn English, or to improve their literacy in order to obtain better employment. The WPALP works with adults in the community as well as in the correctional facilities of Wayne and Pike counties. Without the support of service organizations like the Wayne County Bar Association, the WPALP would not be able to serve these people in need. If you would like more information about the Wayne County Bar Association, go to their website; WWW.WCBA.ORG.
On Friday, April 24, Elizabeth Kameen, president of the Pike County Bar Association presented a check for $7,500 to Annette Petry , President of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program who was accompanied by one of their students, Joseph Sanducci. Since 1986, the Wayne & Pike County Adult Literacy Program (WPALP), a non-profit volunteer association, has been providing free tutoring services and textbooks to adults in Wayne and Pike Counties who are seeking; to improve their literacy, to learn English, or to obtain a GED. The Pike County Bar Association has been a major supporter of Continuing Legal Education, while supporting elementary and high school academic achievement through scholarships and classroom activities, in addition to sponsoring Wallenpaupack Little League and the Challenger Division of Little League baseball in Pike County. The WPALP, which does not receive any state or federal funds, currently has 34 tutors providing tutoring for 44 students in Wayne and Pike counties including the two correctional facilities. This contribution by the Pike County Bar Association provides much needed support during these rough economic times. Any adult, interested in improving their literacy or in volunteering for three hours a week, should go to their website WWW.WPALP.ORG or call (570) 253-3221. If you would like more information about the Pike County Bar Association, please visit WWW.PIKEBAR.COM
Senator Lisa Baker’s office recognized the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program and its volunteer tutors at the Program’s 28th Annual Tutor Recognition Luncheon on Thursday September 18, 2014. Senator Baker at the time was at the memorial and funeral service for slain Pennsylvania Trooper Byron Dickson. In her place, Andrew Seder the district representative from Senator Lisa Baker’s office, presented Awards of Honor ranging from 50 to 1,000 volunteer hours, including Five, Ten, and Fifteen years of volunteer service awards, The Wayne County Tutor of the Year, The Pike County Tutor of the Year, and Student of the Year Award. Andrew Seder said, “Literacy is the backbone of a democracy. And volunteerism is an important facet of any successful community. This organization combines both and what it does is vitally important to our society and its future. While we gather today to give you thanks, it shouldn’t be something you only hear one day of the year. So know that what you do is something that I, Sen. Baker, and others in Wayne and Pike counties are very thankful for the other 364 days as well.”
The Hawley Rotary Club held a Tricky Tray event at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on August 18 The night was filled with fine food, fellowship and, excitement as the guests competed for an assortment of prizes donated by merchants in the Wallenpaupack region. Also during the event, $4000 was presented to Annette Petry of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP). In addition, the Hawley Rotary donated $1,500, the proceeds of the Tricky Tray event, to increase their total donation to $5,500. The WPALP provides free tutoring for adults in need of educational assistance in Adult Basic Education, GED testing and for English Language Learners. It an organization of volunteer retired teachers, who travel to meet their students at public locations such as libraries, houses of worship and government buildings, close to the homes of students who have transportation issues. The WPALP is a non-profit organization, founded in 1986 and does not receive any federal or state funding, but continues its mission because of the generous donations by groups like the Hawley Rotary Club. If you need tutoring or would like to volunteer as a tutor you may contact the WPALP at 570-3233 or go to the website, www.WPALP.org.
Our RITZ PLAYHOUSE event was a great success. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
WPALP Giant Yard Sale
WPALP held their first ever yard sale on Saturday May 31, 2014. Because of the generosity of tutors and friends of literacy, $1100 was raised for the Wayne/Pike Adult Literacy Program. This money will be used to continue to fund adult basic education, English as a second Language, and GED prep programs for our students. A special thanks to former board member Elaine Rose for the use of her property for the sale and to the fundraising committee, Bev Giblin, Sandra Lefort, Helen Findlay, and Ann Montgomery, for transporting and pricing items and working the day of the sale. We greatly appreciate the support of our communities both in donations of items to sell and in patronizing the sale.
DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDED
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program a literacy grant in the amount of $3,500 to support adult, family and summer literacy programs. Thanks to Annette Petry and all those who helped us receive this grant. Check out the Wayne Independent Article!
DELAWARE VALLEY READ-A-THON March-May 2014
We are pleased to announce that the Delaware Valley Read A Thon was a successful fundraiser bringing in $2,300 for a first time effort! Jackie Weston, chair of the English Department, and Principal Aaron Weston are very pleased with the results and enjoyed working with the literacy program. Both are huge advocates of our program and are enthusiastic about expanding the READ A Thon to more DVSD schools in future years. We would like to thank Jackie and Aaron for their very appreciated assistance.