DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
MBCAL Board Meetings 4th Wednesdays, call for location and time
No meeting July, August, and December
REVISED MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission statement has been simplified to the following: "The mission of the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy is to promote, develop, and encourage adult literacy in the Morongo Basin through existing resources and new sources as/if they appear."
As the primary provider of adult literacy services in the Morongo Basin since 1984, the MBCAL has the trained personnel, the insight, and an interest in continuing to do so, albeit in somewhat different circumstances than previously.
Accordingly, the MBCAL shall: Continue its current relationship with Copper Mountain College, per the thencurrent Memorandum of Understanding.
Formally network with other nonprofit and social and fraternal organizations in the Morongo Basin in order to promote adult literacy.
Provide speakers to requesting agencies, as required. This also includes soliciting the opportunity to speak before groups.
Take every opportunity to recruit and develop additional members, directors, and volunteers.
SPELL-A-THON TO RETIRE?
The MBCAL’s annual Spell-A-Thon may now be a thing of the past. Kathy Truesdell, who has coordinated the Spell-A-Thon for most of its 27 years, is unable to spend as much time on planning this event for March 2019 as was previously the case. This announcement is being made now in the event that someone who may have participated in past years now has the time to assist with some of its planning.
The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms, has been of great help the last few years in collecting prizes for the raffle table and having people to sell tickets, timing the spelling, collecting money and paying the bills at the event itself. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Yucca Valley has brought teams from their Yucca Valley High School Key Clubs and last year the winning team from the Morongo Basin Democratic Club.
MBCAL Newsletter Oct.-Dec. 2018, p.2
Some of the spelling teams have been faithful in attending year after year and, not only competing at a high level, but also bringing in pledges over, sometimes a lot over, the minimum pledge of $25. This support is much appreciated
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
For anyone who might be interested in helping out, here is the general schedule, but we hasten to add that changes to it could certainly be made.
Spell-A-Thon planning begins in January with choosing a venue, preferably for the second Saturday in March, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Then a flyer is created and sent out as individual announcements to the MBCAL mailing list and others.
Then a team packet of information-- including the schedule, the pledge sheet, the rules, and some practice words--is printed and either mailed or emailed to contacts on the teams as they sign up to participate. The minimum pledge per team is $25, but teams are encouraged to solicit additional pledges. Prizes are given to the winning teams and most pledges.
Lists of teams are kept, as well as raffle and team prizes as they are donated. After the event, everyone who gave a team donation of $25 or more or a prize is sent a receipt and a thank you.
One person does not have to be responsible for everything. Kathy could create the word list, since she has a Master Word List already, and our usual pronouncer may be willing to participate again.
The Spell-A-Thon has brought in $1000's of dollars over the years to support the Adult Literacy program in the Morongo Basin, and has provided wonderful publicity for what this program does.
THANK YOU TO THE MBTA
The Morongo Basin Transit Authority has generously granted the MBCAL free bus passes for 2019 under their TAG program. These passes will be given to tutors and students who can't afford to ride the bus to tutoring sites or to the Student Success Center or library at Copper Mountain College. They will also be given as needed to MBCAL board members and others who volunteer their time, not only to tutor, but also to attend community activities and other outreach opportunities to talk to the general public about the MBCAL’s adult literacy program.
We are grateful to the MBTA for this opportunity to help our tutors and students with their transportation needs.
This has been a year of changes and adjustments for the MBCAL. Our Board of Directors has declined in numbers, if not in directing this organization to continue tutoring adults who need to improve their English literacy. Anyone who might be interested in becoming a board member, please let us know by phone, email, or faceto-face.
We still receive excellent support in our mission from our tutors, other volunteers, and the staff at the Student Success Center at Copper Mountain College. Thank you, all.
MBCAL Newsletter Oct. - Dec. 2018, p.3
If your student has a conviction that s/he is unusually dense and out of the mainstream, it is important not to reinforce that view. That’s particularly true of failing memory if your student is aging. Without the ability to write comprehensive notes, s/he forgets things. Please tell him or her truthfully that forgetting can happen to anyone and provides yet another reason to learn to read and write.
We all have regional accents, it’s just that we believe that the weird one is somebody else’s. Try to accommodate to your student’s accent. Recognize that a person from Boston sounds different from a person from Louisiana. Please avoid any hint of mockery. Give your student every opportunity to do well by pronouncing words carefully. Make sure the word you are saying is not “prolly” but “prob-ablee.”
One of our favorite language Gurus– Richard Lederer–noted in a recent essay that users of language use sentences that have never been spoken or written before in human history. Except for things like, “Have a nice day.” and “Thanks a lot.” our language consists of sentences that we have made up for the purpose of communicating.
Acknowledge that language has changed over the years. If you had to read Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” in high school or college, you may have struggled with his language usage. The English William Shakespeare used four hundred years ago can also be hard to understand. Think of the 300 words Scrabble has added to its dictionary. Here are just four: “Sheeple,” “emoji,” “sriracha,” and “bizjet.” Do you know the definitions of all four? Are you sure?
The day Park Ranger Cynthia Anderson came to talk to the class.
Michael, Claudia, Leo
Adrianna, Isabel, Carlos
We do not have photos of all of our students, so here is a sampling from recent classes at the Student Success Center.
Happy Holidays to everyone. We wish you many good books in 2019.