MBCAL Board Meetings–4th Thursdays, call for
location and time
No meeting July, August, and December
On March 16, twelve teams of spellers began their quest for the title of "Best Spellers in the Morongo Basin." At the end of the contest, one of two teams from the Democrats of the Morongo Basin/Blue Tide, with Francis Moss, Rebecca Unger, and Deborah Dunaway, spelled "pseudonymous" and "assiduity" correctly to take first place in the twenty-eighth annual Spell-A-Thon.
Blue Tide–Rebecca, Deborah, Francis
The Letterhead Shrikes were second. The Word Muses finished in third but did come out on top in the most pledges contest with their pledge total of $1320.00. Cathy and the Lascivious Lads of CMC were close behind with $1025.00. Eileen Bailey was an additional donor.
Other teams competing were the Best People on Earth–Elks Lodge of Twentynine Palms, Condor Elementary K-Kids Super Stars, Rotary 29, Democrats of the Morongo Basin/Blue Wave, Unified Field Theory, Key Clubs I and II from Yucca Valley High School, and Kiwanis/Friends of the 29 Palms Library. The Pronouncer was Janet Peercy, and Teddy Tapscott and Dianna Anderson presided as judges. Brad White-Findeisen timed the spelling.
The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms sponsored this year's Spell-A-Thon to benefit the MBCAL. Kiwanians Herman and Dina Platzke, Jim Krushat, René Williams, Cindi King, Debbie Medina, Cleve Spaight, Bill Truesdell, and Jerry Fabricius were on hand to make sure everything went well.
A signature art piece was donated by artist Linda Shrader, and other raffle items were donated by A New Creation Florist, Action Council for 29 Palms, Dianna Anderson, Applebee's of Yucca Valley, Burrtec Waste and Recycling, Copper Mountain College Foundation, Cowboy Attic of Twentynine Palms, Jerry Fabricius. Dianne Greenhouse, Jim and Beverly Krushat, Cindi King Pottery, Debbie Medina, Photographer Linda Molnar, Doug and Janet Peercy, Pie for the People, Herman and Dina Platzke, Rainbow Stew of Yucca Valley, Rocky's New York Pizzeria, Jennifer Salciccioli,
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Kurt Schauppner, Cathy Snodgrass, Bill and Kathy Truesdell, Twentynine Palms Inn, Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club, Brad and Kay White-Findeisen, and René and Sonny Williams. Refreshments were by Hi-Desert Catering. Many thanks to everyone who participated, especially the 29 Palms Kiwanis Club.
JACK TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP
The MBCAL scholarship in memory of Jack Taylor, a site supervisor and longtime tutor for the MBCAL, was awarded to Melody Mejira, a student at the Student Success Center at Copper Mountain College. Headed for a career in the theater arts, Melody shows great promise of not just eventually graduating, but of putting the effort necessary into succeeding in her chosen field. The MBCAL is proud to support Melody in her endeavors.
PROLITERACY'S ANNUAL REPORT
ProLiteracy, the National Organization that supports adult literacy nationwide, has published its statistics for 2017-2018.
Students: 218,214 served by member
Female: 65%, male: 35%
Employed: 34%, down from 43% in 2013
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English Language Learners: 61% of
overall student population Got a job or a better job: 14,542 Improved score on standard test: 26,856
Instructors: 86,470 provided services
Female: 71%, male: 29%
Paid:38%, down from 57% in 2007
Main source of volunteer referral: friends/family
Second source of referral: website
Programs: paid staff running them: 78%
Maintain a website: 85%
Have a presence in local news: 78%
Receive United Way funding: 44%
Have a budget less than $150,000: 65%
Receive federal/state funding: 36%
MBCAL: tutors and board members all volunteer, but staff at Copper Mountain College ESL class is paid by CMC New website under construction Articles in local newspaper and on KCDZ radio about Spell-A-Thon and other activities Receives under $200 from United Way Has a budget less than $10,000 Receives no federal or state funding
POWER OF CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKfrom the Wall Street Journal By Meghan Cox Gurdon, Jan. 18, 2019 Many people have seen a viral video of a Scottish granny, Janice Clark, who can hardly read "The Wonky Donkey" to a baby, she is laughing so hard.
The real story is how the baby reacts to the reading. His eyes follow the illustrations and widen every time she turns the page. The marvel is what's happening inside the child's developing brain. The granny's voice, her nearness, and the sight of
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illustrations that don't move, all engage the baby's deep cognitive networks. Different parts of his brain are connecting and synchronizing to involve introspection, creativity, and self-awareness, while in the visual and memory areas, the brain's ability to see pictures in the mind, and the ability of the brain to extract the meaning of language, and visual perception all come together.
This happens most easily in the child's first year, when his or her brain doubles in size. By the time s/he reaches age two, synapses for language and other cognitive functions are forming. At age five experiences combined with developing neurons have laid the framework for his brain's abilities for future development
Research at Cincinnati Children's Reading and Literacy Discovery Center have looked at what is happening here, and they call it "The Goldilocks Effect." A study in 2018 of 27 4-year-olds watched how young brains responded to stimuli. The sound of the storytelling voice by itself was "too cold" to engage the brain fully. An electronic image like that on television was "too hot." Too much is going on too quickly for the child to participate. Being read to is "just right." He can see and hear at a speed that the child can make sense of, and he can participate in the story, which "stimulates optimal patterns of brain development" according to a 2014 paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Television not only creates images that move fast and may be scary, but it doesn't connect the child's brain to another person's, as happens in a story reading.
If there are very young people in your life, be sure to read to them and make lots of connections with them. It's good for both of you.
Dys-Insight by Phil Fultz The would-be glorifiers of our language—those who use "medication" rather than "medicine," or "drug;" and "at this point in time," instead of "now" are at it in other portions of our language.
To use another perhaps unnecessary "big" word, it is a tautology to say, "Joe Blow can't read, he has dyslexia." Why? Because you've already said that the individual cannot read. The Greek word says only that. Not why, not to what extent, just that s/he cannot read.
We need to be fair here. One of the worst
offenders, but by no means the only one, is
the medical profession. Medicos take a
description of a condition, translate it into
Latin or Greek, then behave as though they
have actually said something new.
Death was due to cardiac arrest. Well, yes. All death is attributable to cardiac arrest. John Smith is autistic. There are no fewer than four categories of autism as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. So what really has been said about John? Aurora Borealis–simply Latin for Northern Lights; at the other pole Aurora Australis.
Not to put too fine a point on it, note that the prefix "dys" before almost any word, be it English, Greek, or Latin, simply means the absence of the root word. So we have dystopia, dysphagia, dyskinesia, et.al. That is not to say that these words are not useful, but they are not substitutes for real descriptions of the issues, or for the study of both the intended and implied meanings either. All that means that we need to keep our language and our explanations as simple as we can. Thoreau was right.