Aquinas Literacy Center's adult literacy learners are resilient.
During this pandemic, our learners have demonstrated their desire and commitment to learning English.
During Illinois’ “Stay at Home Order” in the spring, twenty-three of our tutoring pairs transitioned to remote learning. These twenty-three pairs served as a pilot project as Aquinas Literacy Center’s Board of Directors and Administrative Team developed a reopening plan, focusing on virtual tutoring. During our conversations, it was clear that it was essential to employ a part-time Program Coordinator for Remote Learning to set up tutoring sessions using Zoom, offering technical and program support to learners and tutors.
On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Aquinas Literacy Center reopened for limited in-person tutoring, with a focus on remote learning. A month later, Tina Villapando was hired to serve as the Program Coordinator for Remote Learning. In this newly-created position, Tina offers support to both learners and volunteer literacy tutors.
In Illinois, with increasing COVID-19 cases reported daily, combined with limited access to technology, we are aware that learners who are desperate to improve their English-literacy skills are being left behind. There's one solution: to provide education and equipment to learners who desire to continue learning English.
This Giving Tuesday, on December 1, 2020, Aquinas Literacy Center's goal is to raise $6,260 to purchase ten iPads to loan to learners who wish to participate in remote learning.