A Letter from GLA’s Executive Director

Dear Friends of Greenville Literacy,
2014 has been a year of change at GLA!

Key 2014 Accomplishments:

  • To strengthen the organization, we started the year with a comprehensive strategic plan made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation.  This focus on long-term planning set us on the right path for 2015 and beyond.
  • We realigned the Learning Centers and staffing to ensure efficiencies and more effective learning opportunities for our students.
  • 2014 was a very successful Book Sale, with over 130,000 donated books and $45,000 in new sponsorships.
  • We served 1,460 students in the past 12 months.
  • We launched a multi-year partnership with Rotary Clubs of Greenville County to upgrade classroom and technology capabilities and establish a Rotary GED scholarship fund.
  • We entered into a collaborative partnership with Miracle Hill to provide educational services for the men and women in their shelters and recovery centers.

Key Challenges:

  • Alignment of the organization to address a more challenging GED test, which requires computer literacy.
  • Preparation for an optional high school equivalency test authorized by the Legislature.
  • Sourcing resources sufficient to serve adults in need of the education required for employment and higher education.  Over 49,000 adults in Greenville County have not completed high school and our waiting lists continue.
  • And Tutors!  We are always in need of dedicated tutors who enjoy teaching.

Looking forward:

2015 will be an exciting year, as we celebrate our 50th year of serving adults in Greenville County.  Check out our new logo at the top of the page.  This is the first of many changes that point to GLA’s focus on the future.  In January you will see a refreshed website, plus new and renewed efforts to reach all the adult students waiting for services.

To overcome our challenges and achieve the goals for 2015, we need your continued support.  As the year comes to a close, if you are considering tax deductible charitable gifts, please consider Greenville Literacy.

We believe that your gift to GLA is ultimately a gift that gives back to the entire community because an educated workforce and self-sufficient families enhance the quality of life that we so cherish in the Upstate.

Wishing you the blessings of the Holiday Season.

carol browning

Got Books? Donate Them.

Did you know Greenville Literacy accepts used book donations year round? You may drop off books at our McAlister Square office Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm.  Call us at 467-3456 and we’ll meet you outside with a cart for easy delivery. 

**Please bring your books in substantial handled bags or small boxes.  We don’t want you or any of our staff or volunteers injured trying to lift heavy boxes.

All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available.

 

Annual Awards Ceremony

Greenville Literacy Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony is our chance to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our students and  hard work and dedication of our volunteers.  This year’s ceremony was held at Brookwood Church on October 13th.  Students and volunteers were encouraged to bring their families.  A reception and social took place immediately following the ceremony.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

Greenville Breakfast Rotary Club – GLA Pledge

Greenville Literacy was the recipient of the Greenville Breakfast Rotary
Club 3-year pledge of $4,290.  This pledge is part of an on-going
partnership between Greenville Literacy and Rotary Clubs of Greenville
County.  The funds will be used to provide GED test scholarships for adult
students, assist with renovations at McAlister Square to increase the
classroom space and enhance technology for students.  Greenville Rotary
clubs have a long-standing relationship with Greenville Literacy as part of
their philanthropic focus on education.

Rotary donation

Thank You!!

You made the 2014 Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale a huge success!

We’re already looking ahead to the 2015 sale.  You can drop off your donations for the 2015 book sale at our McAlister Square center Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Here is some feedback from a couple this year’s shoppers, below:

Mary Ann Pires of Greenville  wrote a letter to GreenvilleOnline expressing her love of the sale! Click here to read it.

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“In case you wonder if your book sale makes people happy, here is proof.  My daughter took this picture of her 3 year old. Tonight, while she was putting to bed his younger brother, he arranged all the books she had purchased for him at the Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Salein the order that he wanted them read to him.  Many of them were bilingual, which means that his father could work with him on his Spanish.  He even brought one with him to church this morning, which he “read” during his cousin’s baptismal service.
Thanks to you, your staff and your volunteers for putting together such a mammoth event!  Please know that you make it very affordable for young families to get excited about books and reading.”

Young Reader

Tutor In-Service Wrap-Up

Thank you to all of the presenters and volunteers who made out 2014 Spring In-Service and  Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast a great success. 

You will find a list of topics that were covered and some pictures from the event, below.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Sessions:
Number Sense – Marti Johnson
Reading Strategies for Language Arts, Science & Social Studies – Anna Woodham and Tiffany Cherry
Hands-on Activities for ABE Classrooms -  Bonnie Anderson, Kaila Moon,Laura Scott

 English as a Second Language (ESL) Sessions:
Technology in the ESL Classroom – Tonya Creamer

Improving Student Retention – Tonya Creamer

My Story, My Voice: Defying Expectations

My Story, My Voice: Defying Expectations was a free dramatic storytelling performance, held at the Warehouse Theater (WHT), featuring GLA students.    It was an inspiring evening of autobiographical stories about life defying expectations, written and performed by Greenville Literacy Association students and Furman University Theatre students. The who worked extremely hard with help of acting coaches from Warehouse Theatre and Furman Theatre to prepare their presentations.

Thank you to everyone who came to support our students, it was truly a moving experience.  Also, a big THANK YOU to Furman University Theatre for working with GLA students to write and share their stories. to WHT teaching artists, Prentiss and Kevin, WHT artistic associate, Maegan Azar, GLA volunteer, Katherine Latham, and to the Metropolitan Arts Council for supporting this partnership.

Here are some pictures from the evening: