We are so excited to announce the first ever Eastern Shore Restaurant Week!
We now have an Instagram account! Please follow us as new and exciting things are happening soon. Esliteracy is our name.
Are you a whiz at Twitter and Instagram? We need some advice and help with our social media marketing and would love to speak with you. Please give us a call at 757-789-1761.
Last night (June 3) we celebrated the successes of our learners and tutors during 2018. Eighteen learners earned awards for more than 25-49 hours of instruction completed while an additional fourteen had 50+ hours.
Congratulations to our Adult Basic English Learner of the year Ruby Beckett! She is shown receiving her award from her tutor Susan Weir.
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to our English for Speakers of Other Languages Tutor of the year, Karen Morris(Shown with Program Manager Raquel Strand) and our Basic English tutor of the year, John Campbell( not pictured), and to all our tutors who give so generously of their time to make sure every resident of the Shore can reach their full potential.
Our Business Supporter of the Year is PW Davis Disposal for their continuing support both financial and through volunteer hours. Shown is Michael Davis accepting the award from Diane Gladstone, Executive Director.
Spell Rite was a huge success! as well as a fun evening for all who attended or participated. We thank our wonderful Professor, Kelly Gaskill, our Judge, Philip Wilson, all the sponsors, auction donors, teams, and attendees, the college and everyone who has helped us to continue to offer FREE English instruction to those who need it on the Shore. Special thanks to board member Kitty Croke for managing the event so successfully.
Thank you No Limits for making the brownies this month. You can buy them at the Book Bin to benefit the Eastern Shore Literacy Council.
Thank you Eastern Shore Post for your coverage and participation in Spell Rite!
We would like to announce and welcome our new treasurer, John Henderson.
Although Jackie Davis, former treasurer, will be leaving the board she has promised to come back to help us out at our big events. Thank you Jackie for your years of dedication to ESLC.
Thank you Perdue Farms Incorporated for your Silver level sponsorship of our Spell Rite adult spelling bee!
Thank you to our friends at No Limits for volunteering to bake our Brownies for Literacy at the Book Bin for April in their health department certified kitchen!
Thank you Michael Davis and Davis Disposal for your Bronze level sponsorship of the Spell Rite adult spelling bee!
Thank you Nancy James for donating space in Onancock to publicize our Spell Rite event 4/12. Great job Lori Ridington and Karen Morris!
Thank you Tyson Foods for your Bronze level sponsorship of our Spell Rite Adult Spelling Bee on 4/12. We really appreciate your support of our free English tutoring.
Our brownie fairies (Earl and Terry Frederick) have officially retired after 6 years and $3000 in donations earned through the sales of their brownies at the Book Bin. Thank you Earl and Terry and Book Bin for your support! We are searching for someone, a group, or a church to bake and deliver brownies to the book bin each week. The cost of supplies is covered and you will be helping us to continue offering FREE English lessons to those on the Shore that need them. Please call the office at 789-1761, 789-1795 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Thank you Eastern Shore Post (www.easternshorepost.com) for covering the news of the Shore and including news of ESLC!
From the November 9 edition of the Eastern Shore Post:
Literacy Council Appoints New Director
Diane Gladstone, well known in educational circles on the Shore, has joined the Eastern Shore Literacy Council as executive director. Gladstone transitioned from her position as director of special populations for Accomack Public Schools Aug. 1 to join the council in its mission of offering opportunities to adults to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Gladstone is a graduate of Parksley High School, Mary Washington College, and Old Dominion University.She has worked for 42 years in both the Northampton and Accomack county public school systems, serving as a teacher, school administrator, and central office administrator. In her last position, Gladstone worked with federal programs and grants, experiences that greatly enhance her ability to lead the council in finding the funds to be able to offer their services at no cost to the learners.
Gladstone is an avid reader and loves to work in the garden. She and her husband, Ed, live at Silver Beach Gladstone in her retirement from full-time employment said, “The position as executive director came at the perfect time, allowing for part-time work while still connected to the field of education.”
Gladstone is eager to support and promote the mission of the organization to empower adults in basic and digital literacy. She is looking to expand the educational and community partners that currently support the Eastern Shore Literacy Council and is actively seeking grants that will assist in support of the organization.
Amazon Smile: What a great way to support ESLC. Go to Amazon Smile, choose the charity of your choice and earn money for us.
We want to thank all the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made the 2018 Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament a success. Special thanks to the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club for their always efficient handling of the event.
Many thanks to Pungoteague Elementary Staff for their support of the Eastern Shore Literacy Council. Jeans for Literacy was a huge success!
Thank you Perdue Farms for being an ACE sponsor for the 2018 Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament on Friday, 10/5/18 at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club.
Thank you Weichert Mason-Davis Realtors for your ACE sponsorship of the 2018 Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament.
Thank you PW Davis disposal for your support of the ESLC via your lunch sponsorship of the Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament.
Thank you Tyson Foods for your lunch sponsorship of our Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament.
Thank you Therapeutic Interventions for your social hour sponsorship of the Drive for Literacy Golf Tournament.
Many thanks to our Beverage Cart Sponsors: Hall-Richardson Agency, Shore United Bank, and Ocean Bay Enterprises.
The Eastern Shore Literacy Council would like to thank our Feed-A-Mind sponsors Mallards on the Wharf, The Island House, Fair Grounds, Brown Dog Ice Cream and Wolff’s Sandwich Shoppe for their support and donations to the success of this event. Special thanks to Johnny Mo (photo) for his musical entertainment and auctioneering skill at our Deck Party 6/25 and to WESR for allowing us to tell our story.
Additional restaurant sponsors the Blarney Stone, Bojangles, Chincoteague Diner, Doughty’s
Market, Don Valerio’s, Island Creamery, Little Italy, Machipongo Trading Co., Mallard’s sidewalk café, Maria’s, Mr. Whippy, and Subway and food truck sponsors The Farmer’s Daughter, Kat’s Soul Food Kitchen, Shore Produce, Smokey’s, Taqueria La Hispana, and Woody’s all made the event a memorable culinary trip across the Eastern Shore. All the chopping, slicing and dicing, the mashing and whipping and tossing resulted in delicious meals enjoyed by hundreds of residents and it all went to help a good cause.
Thank you to all the 33 generous auction donors who made out auction so much fun this year and to all the supporters who ate and bid to help us continue our mission.
We at the Literacy Council consider ourselves lucky to have so many committed and caring businesses and individuals who generously contribute not just money but their time and effort. This year we raised more than $6000 which will help us continue to teach and to support our tutors who, like you, give graciously of their time and effort to help those who are trying to improve their lives by learning to read and write.
Thank you to the Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for supporting the ES Literacy Council and our community!
In its September, 2015 report “The Economic & Social Cost of Illiteracy,” the World Literacy Foundation states that illiteracy costs the American economy $362,490,000,000 ($362.49 billion) per year. Other studies provide similar results. Because of illiteracy, businesses, for example, must pay the cost of “fixing incorrect orders or processing refunds’” “customers lost due to poor communication,” “finding adequately skilled staff,” and “resolving internal problems and issues arising from miscommunication or misunderstandings.”
There is also the price payed by those who are illiterate. Illiteracy locks them into a cycle of poverty that is costly to themselves, the economy, and society.
Jonathan Kozol has written a very good article on the personal costs of illiteracy, “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society,” which you can find at this link: http://gracecheska.livejournal.com/44147.html?page=1
ProLiteracy (www.proliteracy.org) has created a very nice poster for us. You can see it by clicking here.
Many thanks to Peebles/Stage Stores for their generous contribution to the Eastern Shore Literacy Council from their "30 Days of Giving". Thanks also to Peebles store managers in Exmore and Onley for choosing us and for all the customers who said "yes" to making a donation to help us bring the gift of Literacy to the Shore.
Thank you Market St Methodist Church, for generously sharing proceeds from your Fall Bazaar with us!