How Did the Holidays Get Here So Soon?

Buffalo Creek will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 20th through Thursday, January 5th. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

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The Numbers

• Nationwide, on average, only 79% of U.S. adults are literate in 2022.

21% of adults in the US are illiterate in 2022.

54% of adults have a literacy level below 6th grade.

• Low levels of literacy cost the US up to 2.2 trillion per year.

• On average, nationwide, 66% of 4th-grade children in the U.S. could not read proficiently in 2013.

85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading.

60% of people in American prisons can’t read.

75% of people on welfare can’t read.

References

1. U.S. Department of Education Data Points Adult Literacy in the United States

2. NCES Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

3. Digest of Education Statistics 2018

4. Literacy Project – 30 Key Child Literacy Stats Parents Need to Be Aware of

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Duke Energy Award

We are proud and humbled to receive the 2022 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Thank you to the King Chamber of Commerce and Duke Energy.

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Inclement Weather Policy

Unless notified otherwise by your tutor:

If Stokes County Schools are closed for inclement weather, Buffalo Creek will be closed as well.

If Stokes County Schools are on a delayed schedule or an early dismissal schedule, Buffalo Creek will not operate in schools.  Your tutoring outside of school on those days will be canceled if your scheduled tutoring time falls before school opens on a delayed day or after students are released on an early dismissal day.

You can get information on Stokes County Schools’ delays and closings on our local news channel (WXII). We will also post our closing information on WXII.

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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.

Sincerely,

Jeff Pratt, Director

Buffalo Creek Literacy Project

 

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Finally, a Real Home for Buffalo Creek. Coming in October.

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Buffalo Creek Now a ProLiteracy Member

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AmazonSmile

Click here to shop at AmazonSmile for your usual Amazon purchases and support Buffalo Creek at the same time. Thank you.

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Thank You to Our Volunteers

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your time, your dedication, your skills and your belief in the importance of teaching students to read.  The impact of the love and the kindness you show each time you tutor changes the life of your student in immeasurable ways.  It is because of you that Buffalo Creek continues to grow and is able to continue to pursue our mission, one reader at a time. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year.   Thank you for what you do.   You inspire me.

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Testimony from an Adult Student

From a student who has completed our program:

“I want to thank Buffalo Creek.  It has been great for me.  I was sent through school just to get by and nobody cared. So at 57 and hard of hearing, Jeff Pratt and Buffalo Creek helped me when I didn’t know where to turn.  It is great to have a program and people that care.  Thanks Buffalo Creek.”

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