I am a Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret). In June, 2016, I had the the most rewarding experience of meeting with the READ class. Their testimonies of the life changing effect of the READ Proram, and Dr Dixon assured me that this is a program intensely focus on each individual. Clone this program NOW!
The Crawford County READ Program is a shining light in the community. By serving a diversity of folks whose families have been in our area for generations as well as those who are more recent residents of the county, the Program does a lot to benefit Crawford County. So many people who are new to the community want nothing more than to gain the reading skills necessary to secure basic jobs in the area. The READ Program welcomes them and provides the participants and their families with basic reading skills and referrals for other supportive services that they may need. In the end, by supporting old and new members of the community in developing their reading skills and being more productive, the READ Program makes the entire county better.
The Family Literacy program is an excellent educational and family oriented opportunity and I am glad I got to experience. It is a wonderful place to obtain your GED/diploma while learning parenting skills, and spending quality parent- child time together, while having your child(ren) in a safe educational environment where certified and highly qualified staff engages in age appropriate activities. Last, but not least, it is all FREE of cost. - D. Williams
The State wouldn't pass the budget. I volunteered to help out in the classroom of the young children of the parents attending the Crawford County Read Program. This assignment was for about 3 months and entailed preparing daily lesson plans for the infant and Toddlers and later the older siblings of the parents who were studying to aquire their GED's. I used the integrated approach to training the little ones and even used nursery rhymes to entertain the babies. We interfaced with the Head Start Classroom for Hansel and Gretal "house building" for each individual child and then for our little ones. Dr. Dixon was very supportive and even assisted in the caring of the babies when we had too many in attendance. I was a Day Care Director once and enjoyed my opportunity to use my teaching skills in being with the children and their parents. I interacted with the parents and gave them support and help with their children. I was impressed with their faithfulness in attending the program. I was later invited to ride along with Dr. Dixon to attend the State review of their programs statewide in Harrisburg. I was impressed with their training techniques in improving the quality of the training they gave their parents and students. One could tell that they have a "tight ship" approach to each and every one of their programs and rward them with incentive ratings. Dr. Dixon's program won such a rating. All in all it was a eye opening and impressive experience.
My sincerest congratulations to READ Program Executive Director, Dr. Armendia Dixon, her staff and volunteers for having created such a wonderful program. Of course, congratulations are also due to the Crawford County Literacy Council, Inc. Board of Directors, and the many contributors and supporters who donate time and expertise to ensure the program’s success.
This year alone the program has served more than 300 adults in six program components, providing education and support in areas ranging from adult literacy, to a range of preparatory programs. The READ staff does much more than “teach”…it provides personal commitment to the success of each student enrolled. Without the support, services, and commitment of these dedicated individuals and programs, our community would suffer a tremendous loss.
I personally would encourage each component element of community resources (individuals, families, businesses, institutions, and media venues) to lend the support to the program and its future events.
About four years ago, I received an invitation from Joyce Parker, president of the Crawford County Literacy Council, Inc. to become a member and so I did, even though I live in Cheektowaga, New York.
Perhaps I got on the mailing list because my sister Dr. Armendia P. Dixon is the executive director there; she and our family of eleven children grew up in a home where our family read to us and taught us how to read before Kindergarten. We love reading and share the same with our children.
It is always a pleasure to receive the newsletters that kept me up to date as to the many local, regional, state and national footprints they were making. They serve over 300 adults each year; over 100 get their GED each year. I am Reverend Eugene L. Pierce Commander of American Legion Post 430, and being partial to Veterans, I am always impressed that Veterans may upgrade their academic and technology skill so they are better prepared with 21st century skills. I admire how they involve VFW Post 2006 in the curriculum by teaching Flag Etiquette to each class, each semester. VFW Post 2006 has a joint venture with the Council whereby they provide hardware and renovations for the Pearson VUE Testing Center, a national testing center known for being one of the largest in the area. Adult students may take the GED test on site. In addition, a VFW Post 2006 Color Guard present the Colors at the annual GED/Diploma graduation.
It was a treat to visit the Crawford County Literacy Council, Crawford County READ Program that is a modern, beautiful site for adult learners. The adult learners are thankful for their teaching and learning.
I am very impressed with the Crawford County Read Program. I find the program to be very comprehensive in that it not only teaches literacy but prepares its students to better their qualities of life by empowering them to become more marketable for job opportunities. The Executive Director, Dr. Dixon who has years of experience as an educator has really grown the program. Her intelligence, enthusiasm, dedication and communication skills are priceless. She has collaborated with community members who have partnered with her to ensure its success. Her students and staff obviously respect her and appreciate her leadership. I am extremely impressed with her curriculum that was designed with program objectives in mind. Meadville and Crawford County should benefit greatly from this program.
I was invited by the Executive Director, Dr. Dixon to speak to her students about my experiences as a 30 year veteran of the United States Army. Following my speech,I enjoyed the interaction with the students during the Q & A. They asked intelligent questions and were great listeners. Some even indicated an interest in enlisting in the military. I talked to them about their short and long term goals and was impressed that their goals extended beyond the Literacy Program. Following the session with the students, Dr. Dixon gave me a tour of the facility and it is designed for learning. I was greatly impressed with the computer lab and with the motivating scripts posted throughout the facility. I met the staff whom I found to be cordial and enthusiastic. Dr. Dixon is doing a great job in motivating the students and staff and this was reflective in the mutual respect they displayed toward each other.
As an educator in a state with extremely low literacy rates, My search for model programs targeting students from non-urban environments lead me to the Crawford County Read Program. This program is uniquely tailored to respond to the literacy needs of not only individuals but those needs of each family member across the developmental spectrum. The Program's comprehensive approach to addressing various levels of literacy, from pre-GED competency through job training preparation make this Program ideally suited for replication in rural environments in states experiencing low literacy rates.
I have been donating my photography services for last four years. This organization has developed into a premier facility and programing designed to not only meet educational expectations but exceed them in preparing those graduates to become highly productive and achieved citizens. The level of worth and pride on the faces of the graduates is truly magnificent, and I have enjoyed being apart of the program thru capturing these moments on camera throughout the years.
I have seen extreme growth over the last four years. They help individuals without a high school diploma to achieve a GED. This gives the individual the opportunity to learn basic academic skills. More importantly, it gives the individual confidence, pride in their achievement, the skills to further their education and contribute to the community. I am a Software Applications Instructor at Laurel Technical Institute. I have seen students who have obtained their GED through the READ Program continue their education by attending Laurel Technical Institute. These students have gone from being a citizen of the county to obtaining their GED, to having a career. All this is thanks to the Crawford County Literacy Council for supporting the READ Program, the staff and students. As their instructor, watching them walk across the stage to receive their degree on graduation day touches my heart. I know where they started and the trials of life they have overcome to be in the career they are in today. Their support started with READ Program and because of the READ Program their path continued to their destiny.