Whatcom Literacy Council Newsletter
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Friends of Literacy

A publication of the
Whatcom Literacy Council

May 2018
Congratulations, Sami!

Samiullah (Sami) Azizi came to the Whatcom Literacy Council in December
of 2016 to get help preparing for his U.S. citizenship test and interview. Around the same time, long-time tutor Don Mitchell contacted us to be matched with a new learner. He specifically requested to work
with a learner from the Middle East, since he had spent several months traveling there and felt an affinity for the people
and culture. It seemed the perfect match, and indeed, when Sami and Don met, they hit it off immediately!
Over the course of the next year and a half, Sami and Don met to pour over the study materials from U.S.Citizenship and Immigration. Don needed to take some time off to have surgery and another tutor, Judy Dudley, stepped in to sub for him during those months so Sami could continue to prepare for his test. We’re so lucky to have such excellent tutors willing to help out when needed!
On April 10th, 2018 Sami passed his citizenship test. Congratulations, Sami! Thank you to tutors Don and Judy for helping make this possible. Don commented that in the beginning he expected preparing for the citizenship test to be boring, but it turned out to be anything but. Now he is hoping to be matched with another learner working toward this goal.
Classes at Villa Santa Fe

In April, the Whatcom Literacy Council began a new class held at the Villa Santa Fe low-income housing complex.  Villa Santa Fe is part of Catholic Community Services’ Farmworker Housing Initiative and opened to residents
in November 2016.  In partnership
with volunteers from Bakerview Covenant Church, the class was offered weekly to all residents and other members of the public. We had ten students attend throughout the course of the 7-week session, and hope to continue again in the fall.
Trivia Bee 2018: A Roaring Success!

Thank you all for making this year’s Trivia Bee a roaring success!!

This year’s Trivia Bee & Silent Auction was the
funnest ever.  Scotty VanDryver of KAFE radio and Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame brought their dry humor to the stage as they co-hosted the event.  32 teams competed for the traveling “Totten Trophy” (named after the first executive director Wilma Totten.)  The silent auction looked great, and all of the wine in the Wine Grab was bought early on.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the winners:

       First Place:  The Saturna Capital “Know Loads.”
       Second Place: Village Books “The Village Idiots.”
       Third Place:  Unity Care “We Thought This Was Speed Dating.”

This year we exceeded our goal of $30,000, proceeds which will go directly to our free adult literacy programs here in Whatcom County.  Thank you for your support!
Click here for a map to Elizabeth Park
Adult Literacy: You Can Make a Difference
Since 1983, the Whatcom Literacy Council has been helping adults in Whatcom County improve their literacy skills and learn English. At the Whatcom Literacy Council, we empower adults to achieve their goals and improve their lives through literacy.

There are numerous social issues that are impacted by low literacy rates, including crime, health, poverty, and the workforce. As ProLiteracy states on their website, "When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives."

We are working hard to improve adult literacy in Whatcom County with the help of our tutors, donors, and local business supporters. Learn how you can be a part of the progress on our website and learn more about adult literacy on ProLiteracy's website.
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In This Issue:
Congratulations, Sami!
Classes at Villa Santa Fe

Trivia Bee 2018:
A Roaring Success
Volunteer Party Announcement
Adult Literacy:
You Can Make a Difference
Support Your Cause:
Fundraising for
Whatcom Literacy Council
Change a Life -
Become a Tutor
"Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
- Kofi Annan
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:
"Literacy is...the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.”
- Kofi Annan
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You Can Help Fundraise for Whatcom Literacy Council

Here at the Whatcom Literacy Council, we love our volunteers and the donors that keep our organization running. If you enjoy fundraising or have a great idea for a fundraiser, please consider supporting our free adult literacy programs by donating the
proceeds to us. Fundraising can be a fun process whether you are doing a bake sale, a book sale, a block party, or a wine tasting and
it can help raise awareness of issues you are passionate about, such as adult literacy. Please reach out to us via phone (360.752.8678) or email ( if you need help with details or to let us know WHEN and WHERE your event is taking place so we can help get the word out! We would love to share pictures of your event on social media!

If you have a resource or activity that you would like to recommend to other tutors, please share!

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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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Whatcom Literacy Council
P.O. Box 1292
Bellingham, WA 98227
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