Some of the students from the Literacy Council of Benton County-English as a Second Language program come from all of the world. The program allows for adults to become able to understand and therefore be more involved in their children’s school. Seeing parents work hard in school to learn a language goes a long way towards showing their children just how important education can be. The LCBC program helps to build confidence in the students which improves their chances of employment and helps them to get more involved in their community. The Literacy Council of Benton County is “Inspiring Us This Week” because of the dedication they put into helping families just like the Smith’s learn, live, and succeed in peace:
“After serving the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, for 6 years by driving the truck that went ahead of the embassy convoys to scramble road side bomb cell phone signals, Mr. Smith was very happy to be taken out of the country, along with his wife and 3 very young children, and brought to the U.S.–Bentonville. He and his wife could speak and understand a little English, but they could not read or write it. We paired the two adults with two tutors. Mr. Smith’s first goal was to get his drivers license, which he did after many tries. Then he was able to get a job at a restaurant within walking distance. He is a dishwasher. They enrolled their oldest child in kindergarten. They have nothing…when we had an ice storm, they did not know that school was closed because they did not have a television or radio. So, Mr. Smith walked his daughter to school, then back home. Then he walked to work and was amazed that most workers stayed home! We have helped him with getting a computer with Skype so they may stay in touch with their scattered relatives (and keep up to date on school closings!), a cell phone, school supplies and clothes, and help with utility bills from time to time. After taking such a risk in his service to the U.S., we are proud to help out this nice young family. The culture shock has been tremendous. Mr. Smith likes it here much better. ‘Until we came here, we have never walked on grass or breathed clean air.’ Mr. and Mrs. Smith are both students with us and have made good progress. Both of their tutors, retired school teachers, are very engaged and interested in making sure these soon to be American citizens find a new country in which they can raise their family in peace. LCBC is proud to help them.”
Did You Know?
- Within the last 5 years the LCBC has helped 26 students pass the U.S Citizenship test and interview!
If you’re interested in helping this program so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:
$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:
The cost of 5 Tutor Training books so that our volunteers may teach our adult students.
10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:
Twenty Oxford Picture Dictionaries for our adult students–very useful as they try to navigate their way through so many different aspects of life in the U.S.
20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:
Seven adults with each of 4 levels of student Laubach Way to Reading books. These books are written specifically for the adult learner. Our bylaws state that we may not charge students or tutors for any materials.