123 S. Main St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Welcome to Joplin NALA Read!
A Day in the Life of a New Reader
It’s 7:00 a.m. I shoot out of bed and stumble down the hall to let the coffee brew while I dress. With the delicious smell of coffee drawing me in, I make it back to the kitchen to pick up a steaming cup for that first great sip. Ahh. I can face the day.
Now, what’s happening today? Oh, yes, there’s a note from Jack’s teacher asking for…what is she asking for? I can’t read all those words. “A skyentifik expiration filed trip for Jack to…” What in the world?
“Jack, come here. What does your teacher mean?” I call.
“I think she’s talking about a scientific exploration field trip we’re going on next week. She needs you to sign this permission slip for me to go,” says Jack.
“Oh,” I answer. “Okay.”
Kids are off to school, permission slip signed. What’s next? Oh, yes, I’ve got to go to my doctor appointment. I hope they don’t have a bunch of forms for me. I’ll just stick my glasses in my purse and tell that nice lady I don’t have my glasses and ask her to fill out the forms. I can’t read half those words, anyway. But I sure need some help with that place on my arm; it’s all red and swollen and it really hurts. One more swig of coffee and I’ll be off.
Okay. Doctor says I’ll live. He gave me a prescription so I think I’ll shop at the grocery store while they fill it. I sure like the stuff that has pictures on it so I can easily see what I’m buying. Have to be careful, though. I brought a can of beets home once that I thought was plums.
I have diabetes, so I have to look at the labels for carbs and sugar. Labels don’t really say carbs, but there’s another long word that starts like it so I look for carb…something.
Life isn’t simple for a new reader. Or for anyone who reads below an 8th grade level. There are too many words they don’t know. They have to pretend they understand or depend on someone else to read for them. We offer a solution, however, that equips the adult to read and understand. At Joplin NALA Read, we will welcome and assess the new reader and place each one with a trained tutor.
We also offer classes for those learning English as a 2nd or 3rd language.
Give a Hand Up
• $25 allows a new student to complete orientation
Help Someone Learn to Read
• $50 provides books for an adult literacy student to progress a level in reading
• $100 will provide children's books for a family literacy program
• $150 provides the resources to train ten volunteer tutors
• $200 furnishes the ESL classroom with books and supplies
Please include check, cash or money order. Checks can be made payable to Joplin NALA Read, P.O. Box 447, Joplin, MO 64802. Donations of any amount toward this Annual Giving Campaign are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.