Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Letters to the editor: County losing valuable resource

While it is commendable that Clovis Community College is willing to support the literacy council (March 23 article in CNJ), the loss of the Curry County Literacy Council’s one-to-one tutoring program will have a negative impact on the low-level readers in Curry County, where the demonstrated need is so great. We trained and certified their […]

Literacy programs merging

Liliana Castillo The Curry County Literacy Council is being absorbed by the Adult Basic Education program at Clovis Community College. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy’s budget was cut 57 percent by the Legislature. That means the coalition will be providing limited funding to each of the 26 literacy councils in the state. By combining […]

Education column: School staff leading by example for literacy

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Growing up, I heard a lot of ‘old sayings’. Some I totally understood and others…not so much.

Education digest: Literacy council seeks volunteers

Literacy council seeks volunteers The Curry County Literacy Council is looking for volunteers, according to a council news release. The council provides education program that help American adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math and English as a second language. To volunteer, visit www.clovis.edu […]

Education feature: Los Ninos, literacy program joining forces

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Los Ninos Early Intervention Center teacher Jessica Maulding helps Jasmine Brophy, 3, add glue to her drawing of a bear. The pair shook coffee grounds over the glue to make a brown bear. Los Ninos Early Intervention Center and the Title I Family Literacy programs have joined to bring more […]

March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying […]

‘Lit’ didn’t happen this time

Guess who won the annual Word Worm competition sponsored by the Curry County Literacy Council?

Curry County Literacy Council

Curry County Literacy Council provides free literacy tutoring to any adult in Curry County. Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome. Contact: Nancy Blake Clarke, 769-4096; www.clovis.edu/students/centerforstudentsuccess/cclc/volunteers.asp

Education Feature: Volunteers revamp school library

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Reader Greeter volunteer Ruth Gamel of Grady reads a story Thursday about a paranoid squirrel who learns he can fly to a kindergarten class at the Grady Municipal School library. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ correspondent Grady Municipal Schools’ interest in increasing literacy and reading in the students turned into a […]

Education Digest: Late start cancelled due to testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer There will be no late start Wednesday at Clovis High School as a result of a state-mandated testing schedule. All CHS juniors will take morning tests the week of Feb. 26. Questions regarding the tests and schedule should be directed to the CHS Guidance Office at 769-4350. Literacy council […]

Education Digest: Board meeting venue changed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education has changed the venue for its upcoming meeting. The board will decide whether to implement the administration proposal to reconfigure junior high schools by creating a ninth-grade academy at Gattis Junior High School at the meeting. The meeting will be held at […]

Literacy Council sees participation booming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Attendance at a local literacy center spiked in the last year as a result of an aggressive marketing campaign, according to officials. From fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2005-2006, student enrollment at the Curry County Literacy Council tripled, from 11 to 33, according to Council Program Director Miranda […]

School evolves again

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lincoln-Jackson evolved from a segregated school for black students, to an integrated school, to an arts academy. These days, it is undergoing another evolution, into a family center. The arts academy has changed locations and merged with Bella Vista Elementary. And in turn, Lincoln-Jackson has become home to a […]

Literacy council sponsoring adult spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Little tikes are usually behind the mikes at spelling bees. Not so at this bee. The Curry County Literacy Council is sponsoring its first spelling bee for adults. Teams of four will tackle commonly misspelled words from an array of categories, including mythical creatures, rock bands and countries of […]

Local Altrusa chapters honored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Two local chapters of Altrusa International have been honored for making a difference in their communities. The Clovis and Tucumcari chapters of the service organization are recognized in USA Weekend, which appears in today’s Clovis News Journal, for “good deeds” performed last Oct. 22 on Make A Difference Day. […]

Clovis uses family approach in literacy program

Marlena Hartz A train of parents entered the Lockwood Elementary classroom. Mothers took seats next to their pre-school sons and daughters in a seamless addition to the brightly painted classroom. At snacktime, some poured milk for children and popped the day’s treat — strawberries — into their mouths. When storytime rolled around, parents settled into […]

Ability to read important skill in any language

CNJ staff Did you know Dr. Seuss won three Academy Awards, two of them for filming war documentaries during World War II? Did you know he also won two Emmy awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and that his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by 43 publishers […]

Reading specialist teacher of the year runner-up

by Ryan Lengerich Clovis reading specialist Connie Cox was named runner-up for the New Mexico teacher of the year honor at a banquet in Albuquerque on Wednesday. Cox is the Literacy Program Specialist for grades K-6 throughout the Clovis Municipal School District. She is based out of Parkview Elementary this school year. Cox was named […]