At their annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on June 10, 2015, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester presented its advocates, tutors, and students with awards for service and numerous accomplishments.
Bob Mahar, Executive Director of LVR, presented Nicole Viggiano, with a Friend of Literacy Award. Nicole is the Director of the Office of Community Education, Greece Central School District and Coordinator of its Literacy Zone.
Among the awardees were State Senator Joe Robach who received the President’s Literacy Award and Doris Leve, (LVR President from 1984-1988) who with the late Nan Oster (LVR President from 1970-73) received the 2015 Ruth J. Colvin Founders Award.
On June 25, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which administer the education and workforce programs that serve low-income people, for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Senate majority bill, much like last week’s House bill, cuts $331 million from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs, including $41 million from WIOA Title I Youth activities and $40 million from adult employment and training activities. The bill also cuts $29 million from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and an additional $6 million from AEFLA national leadership activities.
International Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 8th, 2015. Communities around the world will bring attention to those who cannot read or write.
Approximately 775 million people- 64% of whom are women- are functionally illiterate. In other words, they lack the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks. In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. Since this proclamation, schools, organizations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness with the hope to one day eradicate this ongoing human rights violation.
The New York State Education Department has developed a brochure that provides essential information about the Test Assessing Secondary Completion. This exam is one way adult and out of school youth who did not complete high school can obtain a high school equivalency diploma. Go to Tasc Brochure Final Version