Friday, November 30, 2007

Really Helpful Resources

Hands-on English
This information-packed newsletter brings ready-to-use activities, exercises, ideas and inspiration right to your mailbox. The newsletter is written by teachers for teachers, and covers practical topics about life skills and language for everyday life. Hands-on English also includes suggestions for adapting lessons so they can be used by students at different levels. The annual subscription price is $29, and it would be money well spent for any tutor who craves new teaching ideas. for more information, visit the HOE Website:

Courtesy of Leecy Wise in the Four Corners Adult Education program, one of the most user-friendly guides you'll find regarding technology in adult literacy and language education. Leecy does an outstanding job of making technology accessible and fun. Past topics have included blogs, Google Earth, links for ESL teachers, Life Skills, and math projects. TechBeat is published monthly and It's free!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday wishes to Lisa Voelz, our co-trainer for the In-Home Tutoring Program. Best wishes for many more in good health and with many delightful days. Happy, happy birthday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just in time for the holidays!!

Emily Griffith Opportunity School Presents:
World Boutique
An International Holiday Craft Sale

Wednesday, December 5
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shop for very special, one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holidays!
Choose from handmade jewelry, weaving, needlework, crochet, paper crafts, and more, all crafted by international students. 100% of the sale’s proceeds go directly to the artists.

Visit the World Boutique for unique handcrafted gifts.
Support Fair Trade and our talented student artisans.
Think globally—shop locally.

1250 Welton St. • Room 238
Denver • 80204
Next to the Colorado Convention Center

Friday, November 16, 2007

Don't leave me hanging!!

Are you ready to leave our program? When the time comes to say goodbye, please let us know. Please. If you vanish without a word, we have no way to know what's going on or when or why you stopped tutoring. All it takes is a simple phone call or quick email to say you won't be continuing with your student.

When volunteers leave without the courtesy of letting us know, it makes us conclude that the program was so insignifcant and of so little value that it wan't worth your time to let us know you were moving on. It also implies that you didn't take into account your student's chance to get a new teacher. When you leave without any notice, it can take months before we can rectify the situation for the student.

Please be considerate and give a heads up when your time has come to leave the program. It's the right thing to do.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The African Community Center
A refugee resettlement agency


Voices of Refugees
A Community Discussion

Thursday, Nov. 15th 7:00pm
Auraria Campus, North Classroom (Room #1130)

Hear refugees, from two of the world’s most intense “hot-spots,” speak about their experiences in fleeing armed militias, braving hunger and eventually finding safety in the U.S.

Aung Kyaw Toe, a Burmese refugee from Rangoon, arrived in the U.S. just this past August. Toe will speak of the current situation in his homeland and his experiences in fleeing from the military junta after the bloody 1988 protests.

Lado Jurkin, a Sudanese refugee, and one of the “Lost Boys,” arrived in the U.S. in 2001 after living in refugee camps for 15 years. Jurkin will speak about his extraordinary experiences while walking from Southern Sudan to Ethiopia and then to Kenya.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We need a lawyer

Our sister project, A Little Someting ( is in need of some pro bono legal help. We need to set up our organization as a business, but we have neither the experience nor the knowledge we need to get that done correctly. We might be a business. Or charity. Or 501(c)3. Or LLC. or...whatever. If you know of anyone who would be willing to donate legal services for this project, please contact Sharon at Thanks.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Farming, food, and drums!

Join us for a celebration ceremony!

The Somali Bantu Farming Council of Colorado
Parkside Apartments Community Room
23rd Ave. and Syracuse St.
Saturday, November 17
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Join the celebration honoring the Somali Bantu's immense accomplishments over the 2007 growing season. Presentation begins at 2:30 followed by drumming and East African cuisine.

Please RSVP by November 12 to Heather at, or call 720-404-0615 .

Have you reported your October hours??

Please don't forget to report your tutoring time for October. I really need this information no later than this Friday, November 9. Send your information to .

Remember, our continued funding depends on our being able to show participation.

Thanks very much for your timely cooperation!!