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Bonnie Entler Named Who to Watch in Education by Crain’s

November 3, 2014

Crain’s Cleveland Business, the leading business publication in Northeast Ohio, has named Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy, as one of its Who to Watch in Education 2014 recipients. The feature highlights educational professionals working to make a mark in a field that challenged by increased standards and decreased funding. Recipients were chosen by nominations from the community.

Read Bonnie Entler’s feature here.

The entire list of recipients can be found here.

Seeds of Literacy to Open New East Side Site at 13815 Kinsman Road

September 23, 2014

Seeds of Literacy (Seeds), an award-winning, nationally accredited adult literacy and GED preparation program, will open a new location on Cleveland’s east side at 13815 Kinsman Road, at the corner of East 139th Street and Kinsman. Classes will begin on September 24, 2014.

Seeds of Literacy has offered free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED® preparation to adult students since 1997. Each student learns at his or her own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. Seeds is the only nationally accredited literacy program in the region, and has student retention and graduation rates nearly twice the national average.  The program relies on the dedication of over 200 volunteer tutors who work with students individually.

“For years, neighborhood residents and nonprofit agencies have asked Seeds to open an east side location,” state Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy. “So many adults need our literacy services in order to get better jobs, go on to specialized training programs or higher education, and be able to better help their children in school.  We are very pleased to join the community.”
According to a study of adult literacy in Cleveland by the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, neighborhoods around Seeds’ new site have functional illiteracy rates ranging from 85-97%. Functional illiteracy means that a person has reading and math skills at a 3rd to 4th grade level, and may have trouble reading a utility bill, prescription directions, or bus schedule.

Seeds of Literacy East will hold weekly registration on Wednesdays and Thursdays for new students. Class sessions will be Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 11 am and 1 pm – 3 pm. There is a free, secure parking lot, building security, and bus stops nearby.

For more information about becoming a Seeds student or volunteer tutor, please call Seeds of Literacy for more information at 216.661.7950, or visit http://www.seedsofliteracy.org or facebook/seedsofliteracy.

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Seeds of Literacy is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency providing personalized education that empowers adults to succeed in their communities. In 2013, Seeds won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for outstanding nonprofit service, was named a best practice by Governor Kasich’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and Seeds graduate Maria Rodriguez won the National Dollar General Student of the Year Award.

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