The Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County was founded in 1984 to promote and foster literacy in Randolph County, WV through volunteer teaching programs to individuals who wish to improve literacy. The organization has steadily and consistently provided tutoring in basic reading and
writing skills to the under-educated adults of Randolph County. In addition, it has often served students
from the adjoining counties when the programs in those counties were unable to
provide services. Recently, the organization has added
English as a Second Language classes to its services to help the increasing
number of non-native English speakers to our locale.Past, Present, and Future
We have had
several outstanding programs which serve children and families as well. For several years, we held March into Reading
programs to interest children in reading.
We included a Book Walk, like a cake walk, to get books into the hands
of children. For three years, we held
Family Literacy programs in the summer, serving the outlying communities of the
county with story hours, crafts, and information about reading for the parents.
And in 2010, we held a day camp for rising Middle School students, which
utilized a Civil War theme, and involved the Beverly Heritage Center. For this, we were chosen Program of the Year
for Literacy West Virginia.
As a project in 2013-2015, we have been
carrying out an extensive needs assessment survey. We used our contacts in the Rotary and
Chamber of Commerce, and asked what these business people felt were the
literacy needs of the community. We learned from the survey that there was a very strong
expressed need for communication skills.
This does include reading, but also includes customer service skills,
telephone skills, employee -staff skills, and conflict management skills. When we saw the Tech Center’s plan for the
virtual workplace, we felt that our plans for communication skills could fit
right into this scheme. Planning is
going forward toward offering help to the students with low reading skills.
Recently, we held
a Read-a-thon for students in the elementary schools of our county. While the purpose of this was frankly to
raise funds for the literacy program, it also motivated children to read
more. The schools with the greatest
percentage of participating children won money prizes for their libraries. Members of the Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County works hard on including
students (a student serves on the board) in what we do, and always end the year
with a picnic for students, board members, and tutors.