December 12, 2012
My time with Baltimore Reads has been nothing short of a blessing. Having worked with the non-profit organization over the past several months, I have only become more and more impressed with them. Meeting the dedicated teachers and experiencing the positive energy they radiate in their classrooms has been especially wonderful. Teachers like Michael Dabney, create a safe and supportive learning environment for the students at Baltimore Reads that assists them in achieving both their personal and professional goals. The faculty and staff of Baltimore Reads do so much more than simply instruct their students in subjects ranging from adult literacy to GED Prep to English as a Second Language. They give them the tools to excel in every area in their lives. The offer everything from workshops that deal with resume writing and interview skills to First Aid and Child Care classes. Aside from their instructional programs, I found their mission to spread awareness about the issue of illiteracy and their attempts to combat it by ending the cycle of illiteracy in families incredibly inspiring. They offer children’s programs, literacy parties, and a book bank where children’s books are given away for free. They also offer parent workshops and student assemblies to find new ways for parents to get their child excited about reading. As an extension of my civic literacy class at Loyola University Maryland, I was asked to take a close look at Baltimore Reads and come to my own conclusion about the agency. It was after interviewing one particular staff member, Rachel Dolcine, on the Literacy Garden initiative that really made up my mind about the organization. She talked about how her goals for the garden and her goals for Baltimore Reads students were similar. Her greatest hope for Baltimore Reads students is that they will grow in such a way that allows them to not only sustain themselves but also to better serve their community.
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