I have recently been over to New York to train a group of volunteers, called Amazing Readers. They work in an elementary school in Mount Vernon, in the northern suburbs of the city, where many of the children struggle to reach grade level. The venue for the course was Mount Vernon Public Library, where we were given the use of a large community room. The library staff were very welcoming and helpful; setting up all the IT equipment and providing us with tea and coffee making facilities.
There were 8 ladies on the course. Some were ex-teachers and some had retired from other professions. They were all keen to learn about phonics and to become competent at delivering the Sounds-Write programme. They were a great group of ladies who are giving their time to try and raise the level of literacy in this very needy school. I will continue to support them, in whatever way I can, in their endeavour to make a difference to these children's lives.
In October I returned to New York to train a new group of ladies who have joined The Amazing Readers. We were again offered a room, free of charge, in the Mount Vernon Public Library, where the staff were, again, so friendly and helpful. There were seven new members on the course and some of the ladies who had trained last time joined us for some of the sessions to refresh their knowledge of the Sounds-Write programme.
As before, the ladies showed great dedication in their endeavour to improve the reading level of the children who are struggling.
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