Finally, Back to Work!

We will reopen Buffalo Creek for students on Monday, May 3. For the foreseeable future, we will tutor one student at a time, masks will be required for both students and tutors, and social distancing will be maintained as much as possible. During April, we’ll be contacting our existing students to begin setting up schedules. It has been a very long year, and we can’t wait to get started again.

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COVID-19 Update

After much thought and discussion with both tutors and students, we have made the difficult decision to keep Buffalo Creek closed for the balance of 2020.  While we believe that our work is important, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our volunteers and students.  We will reassess the situation after the first of the year, and hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy through the holiday season.  We can’t wait to get back to work in 2021.

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COVID Yet Again

Based on today’s announcement from Governor Cooper, Buffalo Creek will remain closed until at least September 15. Especially as schools get ready to reopen, please stay safe and protect yourself and those you come in contact with, by wearing a mask and social distancing. We will get through this.

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Come on Phase 3!

We’re ready when the time is right.
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COVID-19 Update – Again

We are going to continue to remain closed, with a tentative re-opening date of August 5th, but only if North Carolina has moved into Phase 3 by that time. When we do open, we will be using a screen between tutors and students, and both will need to wear masks. We will sanitize the work areas frequently. I hope that you and your families have and will remain safe and healthy. We can’t wait to get back to work.

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Safer at Home – COVID 19 Update

In the interest of everyone’s continued health and safety, Buffalo Creek will remain closed through the 4th of July. If North Carolina moves into Phase 3 of the Governor’s reopening plan by that time, we will hopefully be able to reopen shortly after July 4th. I would expect we will be wearing masks, keeping as much distance between tutors and students as possible, and sanitizing frequently. In the meantime, be safe and take care of each other. We’re all in this together.

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Another Month for COVID-19

By now I’m sure you have heard that North Carolina schools are closed for the rest of the school year. Buffalo Creek will remain closed for the month of May. We’ll revisit things toward the end of May. Stay safe and continue to do the things that keep us all safe. We’ll be back together soon.

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COVID-19 Update

It looks like we are in this for a while. For the continued safety of our students and tutors, Buffalo Creek will be extending the suspension of our operations until May 1, 2020 due to the virus. We can’t wait to start teaching again. Stay healthy and safe.

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2018 Annual Appeal Letter

November 19, 2018

Dear Supporters,

2018 has been a good year for students of the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project. Here is how your donations have impacted a few of them.

A child in a lower elementary school was experiencing great difficulty in reading and was falling behind as the class progressed. Through our program, we learned that the student was missing the basic skills of sound recognition and phonics. With weekly sessions, consistent parental support, the student’s willingness to work hard and the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project, she is making great progress!

An upper elementary student went from struggling to finish reading and understanding a story to passing the rigorous North Carolina End of Grade test (EOG) with flying colors! Just as importantly, this student is developing a true love of reading.

Illiteracy doesn’t discriminate. Our adult students are experiencing reading success for the first time in their lives! It is no quicker a process just because they are older, as many have to start from square one – just like an elementary student. It is thrilling to see adults read a recipe, a bible verse or a sports article, for the first time in their lives, and to watch them beam with pride at their newfound skill – reading!

Please consider a monetary gift to the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project for the citizens of Stokes County who so desperately need a break in life. We have found that the “gift” of reading is one of the best breaks they could have.


Jeff Pratt, Director

Buffalo Creek Literacy Project


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2017 Annual Appeal Letter

November 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

Imagine for a few minutes what life would be like if you could not read. What would it be like to work, to shop, to travel, or to do the simple things that we take for granted, like ordering food in a restaurant, using a computer or reading the newspaper? If you were embarrassed by your inability to read, as most are, you would go to great lengths to hide your weakness, concealing your shame and probably will never reach your full potential. Imagine the embarrassment you would feel if you were a child in school when your teacher asks you to read aloud or to read a chapter from a textbook or solve a word problem in math.  You might be told that you were lazy, or worse, and you might even start to believe that those hurtful words were true.

In North Carolina, about 20% of adults struggle with very basic literacy skills and about that same percentage of students in school struggle to learn to read. For thirteen years, the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has quietly worked with adults in or around Stokes County who cannot read by providing free one-to-one tutoring. In 2012, we began to work with children who are having difficulty learning to read. Buffalo Creek is a volunteer-operated organization.  No one receives any pay for the hard and important work they do.  We need your help.

We know that we make a real and significant difference in the lives of the children and adults we tutor within our community and in the continuing fight against illiteracy. Our volunteer tutors have given an immeasurable gift of their time, often providing support to their student that extends well beyond reading instruction. This year in Germanton, we are opening an office and tutoring center for adults and children, a dream that Buffalo Creek has had since its inception in 2004. We will be continuing our in-school program, focusing this year on grades kindergarten through 2nd, the age when reading interventions can make the most difference for students. It is our hope that we can develop a model program which can be replicated in other schools, both in and outside of Stokes County.  We’re asking for your help by considering a tax-deductible gift to the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project.

If you are currently tutoring through the Buffalo Creek Literacy Project, I am unable to thank you enough. If you have tutored in the past, please consider tutoring again. If you are unable to tutor, please consider a financial gift. Since no one at Buffalo Creek receives any compensation, 100% of your donation will directly support our program.  A gift form and a stamped, self-addressed envelope are enclosed for your convenience. Please visit our website at to learn more, or contact Jeff Pratt at 336-816-7758 or by email at

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  Have a blessed holiday season.

2018 is going to be a great year for Buffalo Creek, our students and our community!


Jeff Pratt, Director

Buffalo Creek Literacy Project

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