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May 2011

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Spring Scrabble Update

Greater Augusta Reads

Your Town
Whitefield, Maine

Tutor Tips

Volunteers Voices

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See Spot Run for Literacy

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta - 5K See Spot RunSunday, May 15, 2011

Race Time: 8:30am
Registration Opens at 7:30am
Kennebec Arsenal Parking Lot Augusta

See Spot Run is open to all runners, joggers and walkers. The course follows the Greenway Trail along the east shore of the Kennebec River. Following the race, there will be special drawings for prizes. Food and beverages will be available at the end of the race.

Bring Spot! Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash at all times.

Register early to guarantee yourself a free T-shirt featuring Spot! Extra T-shirts will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Call 626-3440 or visit the event webpage for more information.

Not a runner?? We can use your help as a volunteer at the race!
Call Jenny at 626-3440.

Spring Scrabble Update

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Spring Scrabble Tournament such a success! Together, we raised $4000 to support our community literacy program! See complete Spring Scrabble results.

4th Annual Scrabble TournamentSpecial thanks to our major sponsors:

Triple Word Sponsor

Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union

Double Word Sponsors

Macdonald page & Co.
Saunders Mfg.
Kennebec Savings Bank

Single Word Sponsors

Lajoie Brothers
Augusta Fuel Company
Maine Drilling & Blasting
Ameriprise Financial

Letter Sponsors

Curtis Works Lipman, Katz, McKee, PA
Geiger Brothers Longfellow's Greenhouses
Savings Bank of Maine Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Coldwell Banker/Rizzo Mattson Realtors


Greater Augusta Reads... Whitefield

I recently visited with Deb Randall, Adult Education Director in Whitefield - one of the 5 adult education offices in our service area. Deb was reflecting on her early years in this close-knit, conservative town and remembers that at her first town meeting, there was a notable "outsider." Maine humorist, Tim Sample was there observing the meeting and undoubtedly collecting ideas for a performance.

Iron SculptureCarol Davis has been teaching ESL and Reading classes in Maine for over 25 years and currently teaches a Reading Lab in the Whitefield Adult Education program. They have recently finished reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Personally, Carol enjoys reading about the adventures of Kinsey Mullhone in Sue Grafton's series which includes V is for Vengeance, T is for Trespass and A is for Alibi.

When I asked Carol and Deb about interesting people in Whitefield, they were both quick to tell me about Roger Majorowicz, whose iron sculpture (pictured right) greets everyone entering both Whitefield Elementary and the Adult Education office. They encouraged me to take a short drive to see a few more of his creations and I was lucky enough to meet this very interesting man!

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Your Town - Whitefield

Mr. Majorowicz with new puppyGeorge Whitefield, a celebrated British evangelist, was the inspiration for naming this small, rural town located about 17 miles from Augusta. Whitefield was first settled in 1770 and officially established as a town in 1809. This quiet, conservative community is home to farmers, professionals and artists, such as Roger Majorowicz, pictured right with his new puppy, Mardi.

Roger spent over 20 years teaching sculpture at Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore spending his summers in Whitefield. He has lived there full time since 1981. His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the world, but Maine residents don't have to travel far to see his talent. His sculptures greet parents, teachers, students and visitors as he designed and built a number of pieces displayed outside of 14 schools in Maine including Whitefield Elementary, Westbrook High and the University of Maine at Augusta.

more sculptureIf you visit his home near the Sheepscot River, there are also a number of his creations to see on his property. You might even be invited into his shop!

Information from, the Davistown Museum and a special personal visit with Roger Majorowicz.


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Tutor Tips: 5 Roadblocks to Reading Comprehension

  1. Reading material that is too difficult If your student needs help deciphering too many words while reading a story or book, it will be overly frustrating. Choose appropriate material to reinforce the idea of reading for pleasure.
  2. Limited vocabulary skills Take time to discuss the meaning of new words.Ask your student to guess the meaning of a word based on how it is used in a sentence. Remember to relate a new word to something your student already knows. (example: a smirk is almost like a smile)
  3. Lack of fluency in reading Taking too much time to decode words makes it hard to understand the whole story. Learning the 300 most commonly used words as sight words will help greatly. (The list can be found in your Tutor handbook.)
  4. Passive reading Ask questions during reading so your student stays actively engaged in the reading. Remind them to try to visualize what is happening in the story.
  5. Incorrect phrasing Pausing at correct times (at a comma or period) helps in understanding what is read. Model good reading by reading a bit slowly and emphasizing expression.
These tips are taken from which was suggested as a useful link to our website by a 9th grade English class in Tennessee! Thanks for sending it to us!

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Volunteers Voices

As part of our recent United Way review, we collected some comments from our volunteers and students to express their support of Literacy Volunteers - here are just a few!

From Sandy, LVA Tutor since September 2005

My LVA student dreams of starting a small engine repair business. He is a very hard worker and increased his skills greatly in the past 8 months. I use material that I find on the internet about engines and he often stops reading to teach me!

From Jen, LVA Tutor since June 2004

My student called with such excitement after his first solo visit to the library – he even did the paperwork himself to get a library card! I am so proud of him!

From Pat, LVA Tutor since March 2010

My student and I have established trust and we have moments of laughter. Next week she is going to read the rights of the mentally ill. See? She's teaching me! I am sure that I benefit far more from (her) than she does from me and I told her that very thing this morning. I'm honored to be (her) tutor. Thank you so much for this opportunity to give back!

From Miriam, LVA Student since Nov. 2010

My tutor is fantastic! I'm really learning a lot and I told someone else in my (Adult Ed.) class to come in and get a tutor too. It is making a big difference for me!

Quote of the Month:

"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."

Mortimer Adler, American philosopher, educator & popular author (1902 - 2001)

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