Literacy Connection Holds Spelling Bee (Aired February 29 and March 1, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Literacy Connections Coordinator for Southern and Rural Dutchess County Marian Thompson and Book Bodies Coordinator Katherine Stikkers about the annual Spelling Bee. For 29 years the organization has raised money from sponsors of two-person teams who compete for the glory of best spellers. The money is used to help Literacy Connections in its principal effort, which is to teach adults how to read, as well as in its other efforts such as the Book Buddies program—adults reading to elementary-school students. The reading program uses a state approved tutoring program with trained volunteer to help adults gain reading skills and to tutor immigrants who have poor or no English. Although the program works all year long, the highlight of the year comes with the Spelling Bee, which in recent years has been at Marist College. Most teams are sponsored, often by Rotary Clubs, and can consist of high-school students or adults, but any two-person team can enter. The words are chosen from a dictionary and vary in difficulty. After a first round for points, the high-scorers compete until every team but one has been eliminated by misspelling a word (second chances are available). An audience is present just to enjoy the competition.

Learn more
Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
29th Annual Spelling Bee: http://www.literacyconnections.org/spelling-bee/
National Spelling Bee: http://spellingbee.com/
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

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March 17, 2020 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Events, Literacy, Volunteers  

SUNY New Paltz Tutoring Reading (Aired December 7 and 8, 2019)

 

In the United States today, some 30 million adults are functionally illiterate, reading below the
sixth-grade level. RadioRotary interviews Sam Slotnick, the Literacy Center Coordinator at the
State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), who works with with a program
that brings together teachers who are becoming specialists in reading with elementary or high-
school students with reading problems. For the teachers, it is part of their MS degree in Literacy
Education. For the students it is a chance to be in a one-to-one (or one-to-few) learning
program at a nominal cost. The program begins with a free assessment of reading for individual
students. Then about fifty to seventy students from around the Hudson Valley enter the program
for either a spring or a summer term. Mr. Slotnick offers this advice to parents: Read to your
children; read topics that interest the child; and take your children frequently to the local library.

Learn more:
Literacy Center at SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/literacycenter/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Master of Science in Literacy Education–SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed/master-of-science-in-literacy-education/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in Children, Education, Literacy, Youth  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on August 24 and 25, 2019)

Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International
Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many
fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other
organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in
third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign in
Germany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end
present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry
Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially
on his work in providing water to Haiti.

Learn more:
Rise Against Hunger: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
Rotary in National Socialism: https://memorial.d-1800.org/
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Cycling from Chai to Hamburg: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/chennai-based-cyclist-naresh-kumar-is-pedalling-against-bonded-labour/article26931535.ece
Barry Rassin: https://www.rotary.org/en/2018-19-rotary-president-selected
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en

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Pleasant Valley Library Recovers from Fire (Aired on April 13 and 14, 2019)

On Election Day 2018 fire ravaged the Pleasant Valley Free Library building.
Pleasant Valley Rotarian, Dave Kruger, president of the library board, received
the first notice at 6:45 a.m. but the 150-year-old wooden structure was already in
flames throughout the interior. Although sentimental artifacts were recovered by
brave firefighters, most of the 52,000 books were damaged beyond what repairs
would cost. In this program, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice and
Mr. Kruger tell RadioRotary the story of how, within a few months, the Town’s
residents and the Library Friends working with a dedicated staff brought the
library back into operation in donated quarters. Meanwhile architects have been
working on ways to rebuild the historic library building within the standing exterior
walls. The recovery is a remarkable achievement, and this is a radio program
well worth everyone’s attention.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System: https://midhudson.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Community Planning, Disaster Relief, Literacy  

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