This is what the awards looked like for our "Literacy Champion's Dinner and Silent Auction", vary few of these have been awarded. Do you think you could earn one of these and join a very exclusive club?
With the illiteracy rate for this area being 22%, supporting literacy not only helps us make a positive change to someone's whole world, it contributes to a better community for all of us.
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Last night’s first annual “Literacy Champion’s Dinner” was wonderful except for the weather. We gave awards to Rosemary Brown, State representative; Wendell Kay, Wayne County Commissioner; Matthew Osterberg, Pike County Commissioner; Tracy Schwarz, Executive Director of Wayne Library Alliance; Rose Chiocchi, Executive Director Pike County Library and Reverend William L. Samford, Pastor of the Hawley First Presbyterian Church and 22 year Board Member of the WPALP. We awarded Ms. Hazel Arana as our student of the year and Ms. Carol Martinkovitch as our Tutor of the year. Annette Petry, WPALP President received an award for 3,776 hours of tutoring over her 21 years as a volunteer for our program. Audrey Wenders was awarded for 28 years as a tutor volunteer. Dinner was provided by Woodlock Springs. We also had some incredible items for our silent auction. It is so nice when we can thank those who have continually supported and /or volunteered for this important program.
Great time and a packed house at Silver Birches for the Greater Pike Community Foundation 6th annual dinner.
October 3, 20196:00 to 9:00 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church, Hawley, PA
Dinner& Silent Auction
Hon. Rosemary Brown, State Representative
Hon. Wendell Kay, Wayne County Commissioner
Hon. Matt Osterberg, Pike County Commissioner
Ms. Tracy Schwarz, Executive Director Wayne Library Alliance
Ms. Rose Chiocchi, Executive Director Pike County Library
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By September 27, 2019 Please
Food by Woodlock Pines
Gary Linton said the growing need for local literacy education became apparent when he addressed the Delaware Valley School Board. He learned that adults at home can’t help their children with homework.
“We’ve heard that they have children who speak English but the parents don’t, so (the students) can’t go home and get help," he said.
There is little doubt that Linton’s passion is to help adults who need English reading and writing skills. As the executive director of the Wayne-Pike Adult Literacy Program, he is using a recent grant from the Greater Pike Foundation’s Richard L. Snyder Fund to expand the English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Pike County.
The need for literacy programs may be greater than the average person thinks.
“According to ProLiteracy, 22 percent of our population in this area are illiterate or below literacy standards," he said. "We have people around here who can’t read their medicine bottles. Illiteracy is one thing that’s passed on in families, and it’s one thing that contributes to every social ill because it’s hard to get the information that can help them out if they can’t read the literature.”
'Pride and self-esteem'
The Wayne-Pike Literacy Program has been around for 33 years. Linton says the grant will help expand its ESL workshops and help with marketing and advertising.
“When people finally get over the embarrassment and feel the need for the program, they work very hard," he said.
He says his students have come from diverse backgrounds and countries, including Russia, China and Vietnam.
“One student, a parent in Pike County, will be going for her last interview for citizenship at end of month," he said.
That student, who Linton said “worked so darn hard," will be honored at an upcoming dinner as Student of the Year.
Since its inception, Wayne-Pike Literacy has tutored more than 4,000 people and trained more than 450 tutors, all volunteers. Tutors do not need to speak a foreign language, and the program requires a contribution of only one hour a week.
Once a student achieves literacy, says Linton, they are offered help finding a job.
“There’s a lot of pride and self-esteem that comes from employment, especially good employment," he said.
More information on the Wayne-Pike Literacy Program may be found at wpalp.org
Here's a list of some of the places literacy classes are held:The Pike County Public Library ( both Milford and Dingmans Ferry)First Presbyterian Church (Milford)Pike County Extension Office (Milford)Pike County Workforce Development (Shohola)St. Patrick’s Church (Milford)St. Vincent’s Church (Lords Valley)TREHAB of Pike County (Lords Valley)Lehman Township Municipal Building (Bushkill)Pike County Correctional Facility (Lords Valley)
A recent grant from the Greater Pike Foundation’s Richard L. Snyder Fund will expand the English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Pike County.
This past Saturday night was great. WPALP hosted a showing at the Ritz Company Playhouse. The well attended play, a comedy called "Jack of Diamonds" was rousingly funny, the cast superb. WPALP provided light refreshment after the play. Our thanks to The Ritz and all of it's employees for making it a truly remembered night.
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Greater Pike Community Foundation Bestows Grant 8/27/19 Annette Petry, President of the Board of WPALP accepting a $3,000.00 grant from The Greater Pike Community Foundation: Richard L. Snyder Fund. This grant will allow us to further support our literacy tutoring in Pike County. The Great Pike Community Foundation:
For Good. Forever.
That’s the simple purpose of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.
Donors can establish a “named” endowment fund with an initial gift of as little as $1000 or make a gift of any size to any of the existing funds targeted to specific needs and opportunities.
As a community foundation, the GPCF professionally administers various types of charitable assets according to guidelines established by each donor, to maximize the long-term positive impact on the greater Pike community. GPCF is governed by a diverse group of civic and business leaders, community stewards and caring volunteers serving on its board of directors.
Wayne memorial Hospital, located at 601 Park Street, Honesdale, has become a "Flame Level" supporter by donating $100.00.
Highhouse Energy, 333 Erie Street, Honesdale has become a “Spread the Light” supporter for $25.00
With the exorbitant cost of textbooks and teaching materials and with most books being single use per the course design, to which we have to comply, one pairing of a student (who starts with a low literacy level) with a tutor can cost this program $600.00. As we receive no federal or state money, every one of these donations are precious to our mission.
A big "Thank You" to Progressive Health of PA, Inc. Located at 112 E Harford Street in Milford, (570)-296-5156, is our first "Silver Level" supporter for 2019 by donating $300.00 to our Lamplighter Campaign. This will go a long way to help student's defeat their illiteracy. Progressive is a premier Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center celebrating 25 years of excellence.
Fritz Bros., Inc. 100 Cliff Street, Honesdale , (570)-253-2660, Has become a "Flame Level" supporter by donating $100.00 to our Lamplighter Campaign to fight the 22% illiteracy rate in NE PA.
Family-owned and operated since 1930, Fritz Bros., Inc., provides well drilling and water well services to residential and commercial customers in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Their store offers a full-line of plumbing and heating supplies. They pride themselves on delivering top quality products and services to their patrons.
Please join these businesses and give to a program that changes whole lives, as well as making positive changes to our community.
Great time at the Sylvania Social mixer in Hawley. Made great contacts especially with the Women in Business Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. The Sylvania Social is wonderful, modern and beautiful. The food is great, check it out.