Season’s greetings to you and yours!

From all of us at the Collierville Literacy Council, thank you for being a part of the CLC’s mission to empower people and enrich communities through literacy.

It’s because of you that our building isn’t a space to simply give out books. The CLC is a home for people to learn safely, meet their goals, and share what they learn with their family and community.

We are looking forward to a bright new year with you!

Thanks to a grant from All State – Carrie Moore (pictured with Program Manager Sinaria El Hassan), our English Speakers of Other Languages experienced a traditional American Thanksgiving. Students shopped, cooked together, and enjoyed a meal with our volunteers, teachers, and supporters.

Thanks to our volunteer Cathy Bertram, who prepared and served the turkey, and for our students for sharing their own additional touches, like hot mulled apple cider.

“Living the experience of preparing for a Thanksgiving meal felt so much fun,” student Hanady Soboh said. “Cooking something new felt so exciting especially when we loved the result. Now, I love Thanksgiving. It brings me warm feelings sharing all of this delicious food.”

This holiday, we’re still reading together! Here, one of our tutors shares materials with a parent to discuss. Please share how you’re listening to stories and podcasts, talking about family recipes or stories, watching a movie with the subtitles or captions on, and reading together on our social media pages.

You may see Odelia Laor in our office. Odelia is new to Memphis, and to the US, and she’s volunteering with us to rebuild our website.

You may also have bid on an item in Shop for the Season, Shop for the Cause online auction, sponsored by Maureen Fraser, John Green & Assoc., and Dr. Tommy Whited. We raised $6,435 from the auction. Thank you to our sponsors, the businesses who provided items, and our bidders for your support!

We have a match for your holiday gift towards scholarships!