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June 6, 2009
The Literacy Council of Washington County Inc. held tutor-training workshops recently. The graduates were Jodie Schmidt, Jean Carter, Katie Mosteller, Mary Matrsh, Sally Widmeyer, Lisa Sodee, Lyn Ivanowicz, Leda Werner, Caroline Rock, Adele Montgomery, Chelsa Henkel, Tracy Holliday, Cesar Rivera, Mel Greenwald, Richard Montgomery, Bill Grove and Stephanie Rogan.
by TARA REILLY | March 22, 2006
Head Start of Washington County received a contract Tuesday to offer the Children's Literacy Initiative curriculum to children through age 5. The County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded the contract for $31,440 for the first year and $14,900 for the second year. Head Start will serve 372 children in 13 classrooms, according to information provided by the county. The curriculum is aimed at preparing "socio-economically disadvantaged" children for school.
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | September 24, 2012
Clear Spring Elementary School will hold Literacy Night Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Following the PTA meeting, there will be different literacy mini-sessions. Attendees can choose from Reading Counts, Study Island, Common Core State Standards, Free Resources or Help at Home.  The session will include information for parents. Spaghetti supper planned at Ruritan Wilson Ruritan will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper Friday from  5 to 7 p.m. at the club, which is one-quarter mile from Huyetts Crossroads on U.S. 40.  Tickets cost $12 for adults and $4 for those ages 4 to 11.  There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m. Church to hold yard sale Oct. 13 St. Peter's Reform Church will hold a soup, sandwich and yard sale Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Passion Pack at Clear Spring Elementary School.
By ANDREA ROWLAND | May 29, 2000
BOONSBORO - Naomi Butler may be retired, but her time is booked. The former state employee turned part-time travel agent and training/advocacy coordinator for Western Maryland Public Libraries will embark on her fourth trip to New Zealand in July as coordinator of Educators Literacy Corps - a group the Boonsboro native founded in 1996. Butler is busy. She likes it that way. "I've always worked," she said. "Everything I've done has been very interesting. " Butler's background in library science sparked an eternal flame for books and literacy promotion that's blazed a path through many of her professional endeavors.
April 16, 2010
The Literacy Council of Washington County will conduct a free tutor-training workshop, Part I and II, at 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 and 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue in Hagerstown. There is ample parking behind the church with easy access to the Fellowship Hall. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Training also will include the teaching of English as a second language (ESL). There are more than 30 prospective adult students still on the council's waiting list for instruction by new tutors who wish to share their love of reading.
May 16, 2013
Much has been written about the need for higher education. But before we can succeed at higher education, we must succeed at lower education, and this involves basic literacy. The numbers in Washington County in relation to the rest of the state speak for themselves. Across Maryland as a whole, 82 percent of kindergartners are considered to be “fully school ready,” but in Washington County that number is only 75 percent. In the areas of language and literacy, only 63 percent of our children are considered “school ready.” And the numbers are even worse within the City of Hagerstown itself.
Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | March 10, 2013
Rotary's Guatemala Literacy Project has received a donation from the Rotary Club of Long Meadows. The funds will go toward providing school children in Guatemala with books and other materials to promote literacy in a country that has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world. Sila Alegret-Bartel, International Service Committee chairwoman for Rotary Club of Long Meadows, accepted the funds on behalf of the international project. Early literacy training is critical to the success of a child's later education.
by TARA REILLY | March 3, 2004
Partners in Literacy will receive financial assistance from the County Commissioners to hold the second annual Washington County Reading Day. The commissioners voted Tuesday to give the library up to $1,000 toward the event's expenses. The commissioners also proclaimed May 1 Washington County Reading Day. The event will be held at Hagerstown Community College. Authors, storytellers and entertainers will be invited to help the county celebrate reading, according to a county document.
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