Whatcom Literacy Council Newsletter

Friends of Literacy

A publication of the
Whatcom Literacy Council

March 2018
Congratulations, Jorge! 

You may remember reading the success story about Jorge passing his knowledge exam for the commercial driver’s license (CDL) a few months ago. We have more great news! In early March, Jorge took the inspection checklist exam – the last and final step to getting a CDL and he passed it with flying colors! Diane, Jorge’s tutor, said that checklist inspection requires the driver to memorize a tremendous amount of material and answer all of the examiner’s questions on the spot.
Jorge expressed much gratitude for Diane’s help in helping him achieve his goals.
Kudos to Diane and Jorge for their outstanding team effort! Congratulations Jorge!
FREE Citizenship Info Session Tonight!

WHEN: TONIGHT (Tuesday, March 20th) from 6pm - 7pm
WHERE: Blaine United Church
               885 4th Street, Blaine, WA 98230

Do you have a green card? Do you want to learn more about the process of becoming a U.S. citizen?

Please join us for a free session with local immigration attorneys who will cover the general eligibility requirements for naturalization, explain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, and be available to answer questions.
Thank you Foresters!

As part of their $2,000 grant for our library resources, the Foresters Insurance Group had a volunteer activity night. Six Foresters volunteers took care of a number of projects that staff had put together, such as collating training packets and creating flash card sets. It was a big help to have them take care of these time-consuming jobs!
Picture Dictionary Review

We have a lot of exciting new materials in the office library, including some great new Picture Dictionary Resources.  We often recommend the Oxford Picture Dictionary to tutors and class facilitators, because it’s a great way to introduce new vocabulary.  It includes lots of practical, useful English vocabulary on almost every topic you could imagine It’s easy to adapt lessons and conversation around the various vocabulary, in a way that is very practical for learners.  Example pages include vocabulary for visiting the doctor and vocabulary related to the DMV – words and phrases that a learner can use in the everyday life. We recently expanded our collection with a few bilingual dictionaries (Spanish/English and Russian/English), which is especially helpful for beginning learners.  We also have a few copies of the accompanying workbooks in a few different levels from low beginning to intermediate.  Contact us to find a time to come in and take a look!
Bellingham Technical College's Volunteer Fair

The Whatcom Literacy Council hosted a table at BTC's Volunteer Info Fair on February 26th at Settlemyer Hall. The purpose of this event was to encourage the BTC community to get involved with local organizations. Over 25 groups were on hand as students, faculty, and staff explored the many ways they could get involved. Many people who came through were familiar with our services because our office is in Building A on the BTC campus. It was a great way to recruit some new volunteers for our adult literacy programs!
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In This Issue:
Congratulations, Jorge!
Blaine Citizenship Session
Thank you Foresters!

Round It Up
when you make a purchase at
Village Books & Paper Dreams!

Picture Dictionary Review

Bellingham Technical College's
Volunteer Fair
Building Strong Communities
2018 Trivia Bee
Call for Teams
Trivia Questions!

Way to Go Whatcom Community College!
Tough Talks: Volunteer Training
Change a Life -
Become a Tutor

Would you like to do some grant research, or write a grant for the Whatcom Literacy Council?  We are seeking some volunteers to be part of our GRANT TEAM. 
If this sounds interesting,
contact Katherine at with GRANT TEAM in the subject line.  Thanks!
Tutor Reports
This is just a friendly reminder to all tutors that we need to receive a report from you each month to keep us up to date on how things are going with your learner. See the links below:
Remember to "Like" the Whatcom Literacy Council on Facebook! 
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Building Strong Communities

On March 8th, Whatcom Literacy Council was invited back for the Shuksan Community Family Night hosted by Shuksan Middle School. The evening provided the opportunity for neighbors, families, educators and local organizations to learn about resources that help build and support safe and compassionate communities. The fair was well attended where parents, students, educators, and community partners enjoyed a nice evening together with good food, conversation, games, and music.
Trivia Bee Call for Teams!

If you love trivia you should consider putting together a TRIVIA BEE team!  You can have fun, and support the Whatcom Literacy Council at the same time!  Some businesses will have an internal BEE to see who represents the company.

Here are some FAQ’s regarding TRIVIA BEE TEAMS:

How do I enter a team? 
Contact us by email at or call us at 360-752-8678.
How many teams will there be? 
What are the Team Registration Levels?
  • Corporate Team - $750
Your company’s name will appear in the event program, on social media postings, and in our online newsletter.
  • Self-Sponsored Team - $375
Your team’s name will appear in the event program.
Teams may purchase 20 tickets for $250 (a $50 savings!)  Bring your own cheering section! 
How many people are on a team? 
Three.  Choose a fun team name!
Do contestants need to buy a ticket?
How much are tickets to come cheer?
$15 for adults, $5 per child under 12.  Tickets are available at the door, or on sale at Village Books.
Can I make a donation even if I cannot attend? 
YES!!  A donation is tax deductible.  Our tax id is 91-1220307.
Are there other sponsorship opportunities?
YES!  A major sponsor at the $2,500 level gets maximum publicity opportunities and includes a team registration. 

Whatcom Literacy Council's 22nd Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction is May 4th at BTC's Settlemyer Hall! Get warmed up with these trivia questions about the bee. Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter.

Way to Go Whatcom Community College!

Jeanne Broussard is the Visual Communications Program Coordinator at Whatcom Community College. We were very impressed by the designs her students created for our Trivia Bee. Check out their work:


Tough Talks: Volunteer Center Training

On March 8th, ALP Coordinator Linda Chrisman and ELL Coordinator Cari Chan attended a professional development workshop sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. Entitled, Tough Talks at Work, the training presented strategies for handling difficult situations. Many of the scenarios raised are rare at the literacy council. We are extremely grateful to our awesome dedicated tutors for their professional conduct.

The Whatcom Literacy Council staff is here in case you have any questions. Please call us anytime should you have any concerns or challenges, or if you need to have a difficult conversation with your learner.

Together we will find solutions.

Change a life. Become a tutor!

Make a promise to yourself this year to give back to your community.

Becoming a volunteer tutor with the Whatcom Literacy Council is a great way to do that!

Check out the Become a Tutor page on our website for videos and application and get in touch with a program coordinator!
If you have a resource or activity that you would like to recommend to other tutors, please share!

Give us a call or email us!
Answers to trivia questions from above:

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If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at (360) 752-8678 or by email:

Katherine Freimund, Executive Director -
Maureen Cooley, Small Group Class Coordinator -
Linda Chrisman, Adult Learning Program (ALP) Coordinator -

Cari Chan, Education Language Learning (ELL) Coordinator -

Thank you for supporting the Whatcom Literacy Council!

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Bellingham, WA 98227
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