Sound Learning presented community awards at a standing room only annual meeting at the Shelton School District Board Room on November 6th.
Sage Award: Hiawatha, Inc.
The Sage Award recognizes extraordinary action taken by a business to improve the quality of life in Mason and Thurston Counties through literacy. Hiawatha has been a long time supporter of Sound Learning contributing over $28,000.00 in the past 20 years.
Lynn Busacca Literacy Advocate Award: Nettie Harper and Kelly Johns
This award recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to changing lives through literacy in Mason County. The couple has actively tutored at Sound Learning since 2004, and have been generous contributors to Sound Learning.
Arlene Gomez McHaffie Heart of Gold Award: Gail Straus
This award is given to those who dedicate their lives to helping the Latino Community. Gail was chosen for this award because of her work over the past 18 years to establish and develop bilingual education programs at the Shelton School district resulting in outstanding outcomes for both immigrant and non-immigrant learners.
Shining Star Certificates: Tutors Pat Remine, Charleen Goodrich, Sharon Hong Maurmann, Donna Hamilton, Bill Batstone, Pam Ring and Students Laiad Van Wormer and Aurora Cardenas.
Shining Star Certificates are given to volunteers and students who have shown exceptional dedication to learning.
GED graduates Grant Ghramm and Maria Parra said the support they received from Sound Learning helped them reach their goals. Grant has recently reached his goal of obtaining his CDL and has since found a great job with a logging company. Maria is currently working towards an associate’s degree in business at Olympic College.
“The more you learn, the more you want to learn.” – Maria Parra
As a result of improved English skills, ESOL student Imelda Acosta has a new job and is an active volunteer with the Evergreen Elementary PTSO.
“I am excited for my future because of the skills I learn here.” – Imelda Acosta
In December at our ESOL parties we had a fun and festive time celebrating the learning and progress Fall Quarter. We started by playing several enthusiastic rounds of BINGO. Then we feasted on an epic meal of Hispanic food and desserts while delighting in friendly conversation and singing a round of the classic Spanish Christmas song "Feliz Navidad."
Every student has given so much of their time and effort in the midst of busy lives - we recognized and celebrated their successes. Awards were given to those students with the highest attendance. 17 students participated over 50 hours this quarter!
Level 1 student Rodrigo Pablo is a 17 year old who recently arrived to the U.S in September. Only eight days later he jumped into our fall classes and in just three months Rodrigo has spent 84.5 hours in class and has improved 2 levels in reading and listening. Another student, Dorotea Hernandez, is in her 60's and has devoted 80 hours in class improving a level in reading and listening. Her motivation to learn English stems from her desire to communicate with her grand children. Elsa Lopez, a working mother, attended almost 70 hours and moved from the beginner to the intermediate class in less than 3 months! The dedication and commitment of our students to a better life through learning is an inspiration.
Thank you to all who attended to help us celebrate this annual holiday kickoff fundraiser!
We enjoyed delicious appetizers and quality raffle items donated by:
The Colonial House venue was donated by Green Diamond Resource Company.
The fine wine was donated by McGavick Winery, one of our largest supporters. McGavick's generosity contributed to the evening's success as well as enabled us to take orders for eleven cases of McGavick Wine, for donations totaling well over $2200.
Thank you generous supporters!
Welcome to Sound Learning!
We provide instruction to adults in basic skill improvement (reading, writing, math and problem solving), GED preparation, computers, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
We provide these services in classes and small-group tutoring sessions in Mason and Thurston Counties. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping adults gain self-sufficiency, improve literacy and develop the essential skills needed to succeed in today’s world. Volunteers are an important part of our service delivery, along with a small professional staff.
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