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ReadWest Weather Closure Policy

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ReadWest follows the delay and closure policies of Rio Rancho Public Schools. If Rio Rancho Schools close due to a ‘snow day’, ReadWest will too. If the opening is on a 2-hour delay, ReadWest will open at 11 AM. Watch the local news for announcements. Please communicate with your students during inclement weather. Use your best judgment if the weather conditions are ‘iffy.’ Allow your students to cancel if they are worried about driving conditions. Safety first!

Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America Ruth Colvin poses with ReadWest Executive Director Muncie Hansen.

Meeting a Literacy Hero

Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America Ruth Colvin poses with ReadWest Executive Director Muncie Hansen.
Founder of Literacy Volunteers of American Ruth Colvin poses with Executive Director Muncie Hansen at the ProLiteracy Conference.

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a living literacy legend. While at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Education in San Diego, I was amazed to see Ruth Colvin walk out of the ballroom along beside me. When she saw “Literacy Volunteers” on the logo of my ReadWest shirt, she struck up a conversation with me. I was star-struck.

You see, Ruth is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, which later became ProLiteracy. She spent her entire life working to address the issue of adult literacy. Her efforts on behalf of adult literacy earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, presented by President George W. Bush. It’s also remarkable that Ruth Colvin is 102 years old.

“I’m so proud of you young women taking up the cause of adult literacy. I am glad this important work is in such capable hands,” she said.

But Ruth is not slowing down. She told me she had some more literacy conferences to attend this fall, and her memoirs will come out shortly.

“People think they should retire at age 65. But you have all this great knowledge; you should use it to do something worthwhile.”

What an inspiration. What a pleasure to be called a ‘young’ woman by my literacy hero. I rededicate my next few decades to the worthwhile cause of adult literacy in the U.S. Want to join me? Click this link to find out how and then select Get Involved!

Cyndy, Marisol, and Lynn celebrate Marisol's US citizenship.

Literacy Goals Achieved!

ReadWest Adult Students achieved a total of 721 of literacy goals during the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year. Among our ESL Students, 6 ReadWest Students and 8 First Unitarian Church students gained their US Citizenship this year.  Many of these students studied for their US Citizenship Exam with their one-to-one tutor. Others attended a 10-week course offered at ReadWest two times a year.  This course is taught by Lynn Simson and was originated by Barbara Kitchens. Both of these women are long-time volunteers at ReadWest.  The 10-week course will be offered again in the fall of 2019. Please contact us at readwest@readwest.org for more information or call 505-892-1131.

Pictured below is Cyndy Ratliff, ReadWest Program Coordinator; Marisol, ReadWest Student and new US Citizen; and Lynn Simson, US Citizenship Tutor.

Cyndy, Marisol, and Lynn celebrate Marisol's US citizenship.

Can You Believe It’s Been 30 Years?

Summer Greetings!

July is the start of another Year at ReadWest. This year is unique as we celebrate 30 years of providing literacy to adults in New Mexico.

Our calendar is filled with commemorative events. This month we rolled out our 30th Anniversary Letterhead and signatures that we will use throughout the year.  We will formally get the party started with our Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dinner at San Ysidro Chapel in Corrales. Tickets for this dinner and silent auction will go on sale later this fall. In December our Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be a FREE 30th Anniversary Celebration featuring ReadWest Student Success Stories and a special guest. More celebratory events are planned, so stay tuned!

ReadWest experienced many changes last year. Our kind friends helped us settle in a new home after 22 years at our former address. However, one thing did not change. ReadWest Tutor/Student pairs met for literacy instruction continuously. Many group classes were relocated to senior centers and churches while we remodeled. Despite the facility move, ReadWest Volunteers logged 15,678 hours of service during the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Independent Sector estimates a volunteer tutor’s wage at $25.43 per hour. This means the ReadWest Adult Literacy Program contributed $398,691 of literacy service to our community. This impressive contribution was achieved by the dedicated volunteers at ReadWest. Volunteers are indeed the heart of our program. Thank you all for believing in our mission.

If you’d like to support our mission financially, consider joining our special anniversary 360° Donor Circle.

Sincerely,

Muncie Hansen
Executive Director

ReadWest’s mission is to provide quality one-to-one tutoring to adults seeking to transform their lives through enhanced literacy skills.

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Recent Coverage in the Media

In case you missed it, ReadWest has been in the news lately!

The Rio Rancho Observer published an article about the need to find a new home both in their online edition (Oct. 5) and in print. You can find the online article here.

Executive Director Muncie Hansen also made an early morning appearance on KRQE. You can watch the recording here:

You can also read the accompanying article and access it via this link. https://www.krqe.com/news/mornings/readwest-helping-adults-transform-their-lives/1574374613