As I contemplate the end of 2019, I want to thank you for your support. As a coalition, we are only as strong as our members and partners. We could do nothing without you. Because of our partnership with Tinker Federal Credit Union, your membership, and others like you, we were able to improve literacy in Oklahoma.
In 2019, we furnished 106 full scholarships to our annual conference that provided professional development opportunities to 147 teachers, tutors, staff, and adult learners. We held two regional symposiums (in Tulsa and Altus) to provide training for 48 teachers and tutors.
We recognized adult learners at the Literacy Awards sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Krueger Charitable Foundation. We partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Literacy Resource Office to host a book signing for the adult learners who contributed to Celebrating our Journey, Volume 11. You could see the glow of accomplishment around the learners!
Thanks to our wonderful partnership with Tinker Federal Credit Union, we were able to financially assist 16 literacy providers. This was used, in part, to:
- offset naturalization service fees for 39 new citizens,
- deliver summer ESL and citizenship classes for an average of 100 adult learners each week,
- supply partial and complete HSE vouchers for 176 people,
- provide teaching materials for literacy, ESL and HSE classes,
- present a volunteer appreciation dinner,
- create professional signage, postcards, and brochures,
- and so much more!
You are the reason we are able to carry out our mission to support literacy efforts statewide. We would never have been able to help so many Oklahomans without the help of our members.
2020 is going to be a full and amazing year for OLC. We have already begun looking ahead and planning. In addition to our annual conference, we will be adding a third regional workshop.
You can join us in making a difference for Oklahomans in 2020 by going here.
Thank you so much,