Seeds Wins National & Regional Awards
November 8, 2013
Seeds of Literacy, a nonprofit agency providing free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults in Cuyahoga County, has received national and regional recognition with two recent awards: the Dollar General Student of the Year Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award.
Dollar General Student of the Year
Seeds of Literacy graduate Maria Rodriguez was named the 2013 Dollar General Student of the Year at the U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy, held on October 31 – November 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. Ms. Rodriguez was honored for her accomplishments as a result of gaining literacy skills, which included obtaining her GED, receiving scholarships, attending Cuyahoga Community College’s Culinary Arts program, and making the Dean’s List. Ms. Rodriguez also shares her talents with current Seeds of Literacy students as a tutor and mentor, and acts as an ambassador for the organization.
“At the age of 50, Maria realized that she deserved to learn, grow, and achieve her goals,” states Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy. “ She overcame her fear by coming to Seeds of Literacy. Maria shows that with diligence, and when given the right environment and encouragement, she could accomplish anything. Maria is unstoppable.”
Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Entler attended the conference and awards ceremony. In addition, they met with elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for adult literacy and its important impact on opening doors to higher education, employment, and parental involvement in children’s academics.
Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award
Seeds of Literacy received The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award, an annual award given to an organization for its outstanding service, on November 8, 2013, at the Cleveland City Club. The Award is given by the Center for Community Solutions and carries with it a $20,000 prize.
Seeds of Literacy was honored for its work preparing for the 2014 GED test, which will change dramatically from the current test. The test will be based on the more complex Common Core Standards, shift from a pen-and-paper test to 100% computerized, be offered at fewer locations, and cost 300% more ($120 from $40). Any partial scores for the current test will be wiped out after December 31, 2013.
Seeds redesigned its curriculum to meet new standards, retrained its volunteer tutors (numbering more than 200), added a computer lab and a digital literacy curriculum, and informed over 7,000 current and past students, as well as the community, about these changes. The project added an additional 48% to the organization’s operating budget, which was raised from foundations and individuals.
“We are honored and grateful to receive The Anisfield-Wolf Award from The Center for Community Solutions,” states Bonnie Entler. “Seeds went above and beyond in preparing for these changes. Our funders have been impressed that we were on the forefront and met this challenge early. Lack of information from the publisher didn’t stop us, nor did having to increase our budget. Lapsed students returned and new students enrolled. Seeds is a small organization, but we are mighty in leveraging volunteers, reaching out to the public, and receiving support from the community. ”
Thanks to Promotional Pencils
July 15, 2013
Seeds of Literacy students drill through hundreds of pencils each month as they write essays, solve equations, and study for tests.
We’d like to give a special thanks to PromotionalPencils.biz for its recent donation of 500 pencils imprinted with the Seeds of Literacy logo!
They’re helping our students sharpen their skills and achieve their goals.
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