Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"A Book for Every Baby"

GHS junior Emily Smith periodically assists “A Book for Every Baby” project leader Trish Hightower in preparing gift bags for mothers-to-be at Grenada Lake Medical Center. In collaboration with GLAD, the GLMC Auxiliary funds this project with proceeds from their gift shop. GLMC Parent Educator Karen LaFontaine distributes the gift bags. A big thank-you to all involved in this worthwhile family literacy project!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Need to take the GED test in December or January?

The Grenada Adult Education Center is registering local adults for GED testing now. Both December and January testing slots are currently available. Space is limited. You must have required paperwork and pay testing fees before a seat is reserved for you. Contact 227-6101 or 226-7462 for more information.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Microsoft Win 7 Donation Received Through TechSoup

Valued at $1,990, GLAD is now able to upgrade several laptops running on Windows VISTA to the new Win 7 operating system at a nominal cost through TechSoup. These laptops were obtained through a 2007-08 AT&T Excelerator Grant to the adult literacy program through the Elizabeth Jones Library. They are primarily used for classroom instruction and presentations by Grenada Adult Education Center staff. Thanks to Microsoft and TechSoup for this opportunity!

Also from NCFL...Movie brings power of literacy to big screen

"The story is a familiar one in family literacy--an illiterate teen mother is living a life of despair until a teacher helps her transform her life through education and encouragement.

This powerful story, produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, has been made into a movie that has won a Sundance Film Festival award. It's also one that will be touting NCFL [National Center for Family Literacy] and the family literacy message.

The movie, PRECIOUS, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, with an all-star cast including Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, will be in limited release in conjunction with National Family Literacy Month in November.

NCFL has become a partner with the movie's distributor, Lionsgate Films. It will feature NCFL on its website and provide literacy tips in conjunction with the film.

Click here to see the moving trailer of a young woman who overcame abuse, poverty and an environment of low expections. "

November 20th -- Movie opens in Southaven, Madison, and Pearl, MS.

From The National Center for Family Literacy

"Chief National Correspondent for CBS News and regular contributor to "60 Minutes," Byron Pitts, is taking his powerful message of overcoming illiteracy to the internet.

He is featured on a Better World Books' podcast to discuss his new book, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges."

The book chronicles his rise to fame after overcoming illiteracy and a stuttering problem with the support of his mother, a college roommate and educators.

Better World Books also is supporting the effort by donating 100% of net profits for Byron's book when it is purchased at www.betterworldbooks.com/Step-Out-on-Nothing-id-0312577664.aspx."

Printable "Volunteer Interest Form"

You may print and complete this form.
Snail mail it to "PO Box 533, Grenada, MS 38902" or fax it to (662) 226-7462 or
scan completed form and email it to grenada_literacy@yahoo.com
Thank you for your interest!