Literacy training brightens future, says Miramichi mom in encouraging NB adults to upgrade skills
Wednesday is New Brunswick Literacy Day – a great time to start
(Moncton, N.B. – April 15, 2013) – Like most parents, Elaine Malley of Miramichi is proud of her children.
But these days, her three kids are just as proud of their mom.
“They are very, very happy,” says Malley, 49. “I couldn’t read much before and now I really enjoy it.”
For the past few years, Malley has taken a pre-GED program offered by Miramichi Adult Literacy Inc. Through a partnership with Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) and the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, the program enables her to work with teacher Howard Lane using LLNB’s one-to-one tutoring and also lets her participate in an academic upgrading class five days per week.
With New Brunswick Literacy Day being marked Wednesday, Malley says it’s a great time for others to upgrade their skills.
“I don’t care how old or young you are, you should do it,” she says. “It will help you get a good job, go to college. You can do anything you put your mind to.”
Proving just that, Malley recently won $100 in a writing contest held by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick. The competition asked adult learners to write messages aimed at those who might be considering an adult literacy program. Malley’s entry was among the winners.
“I never thought I would be brave enough to sign up (for a program), but look at me, I have come a long way,” her story reads. (Full submission at bottom of release.)
Deanna Allen, Executive Director of Laubach Literacy New Brunswick, says organizations like LLNB hope stories such as Malley’s will encourage others to seek help.
“If you have a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor who is struggling with reading or writing, tell them they are not alone and that there is great help available,” says Allen. “Research shows that word-of-mouth recommendations and personal referrals are one of the best ways to reach learners.”
Since more than half of working-age New Brunswickers have literacy skills below the level needed to cope with the demands of everyday life and work, it’s vital that information about literacy programs reach those who could benefit from them, she notes.
For more details about tutoring programs offered by Laubach Literacy New Brunswick, call (506) 384-6371 or 1-877-633-8899, or visit www.llnb.ca.
Note to editors: Among the events planned for New Brunswick Literacy Day:
– RBC Royal Bank’s branch at 719 Mountain Rd., Moncton, will hold its annual book sale on behalf of LLNB from this Wednesday to Friday. Soft-covers will be priced at $2, while hard-covers will go for $4. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
– READ Saint John will share information with the community regarding the promotion and support of literacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Atrium, Market Square.
– Miramichi Adult Literacy Inc. and Miramichi Literacy Council (MLC) will hold an open house at 67 King St., Miramichi, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Those interested can visit literacy classes. MLC will also demonstrate one-to-one tutoring and books used.
Deanna Allen, Executive Director, Laubach Literacy New Brunswick
(506) 384-6371 or (506) 863-8559
Elaine Malley’s submission to the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick’s
‘Message in a Bottle’ Contest
Hello, my name is Elaine and I am writing this message in 2013 in the hope that somewhere in the future, you will read it and have no more doubts about going back to school, even though you are an adult.
I wanted to read to my little girl and now I can, so I enjoy going to school at Miramichi Adult Learning. Every day I begin to learn different things. When I first started here I was scared but now I want to tell everyone, “Please don’t be scared to go back to school, you would be so happy to be there. You can learn so much and the teachers are always there for you.” They not only teach reading and math, but life skills, digital learning, financial literacy and cooking to learn as well. We cook, measure, write recipes, and eat as a group. I have gained self-confidence and I can walk with my head up high.
Be bold! Sign up for school today! I never thought I would be brave enough to sign up, but look at me, I have come a long way. I encourage any adult, no matter how old, not to be shy, if you need help, ASK! There is always help out there. If I can do it, anyone can!
Someday I hope to get a good job and it makes me feel special inside. When I am down, I remember how much I have already done here and then I think of the future when I will make a good living for myself and my sweet kids. My huge goal is to get myself through all my books. I am feeling so proud of what I am doing. My daughter now says, “Mom you are doing so good!” I always tell her it is not ‘good’ but ‘well’. I still worry about making mistakes in Math but I won’t give up, I will keep on trying until I get it.
Everyone should have an education. So, my friends from the future, please get out there and get studying! Reading, Writing and Math are the corner stones of our education system. With an education you can continue on to college or university. Education will lead to a higher paying job. A higher paying job will lead to a better life. Your education will also give your kids a better start in their lives.