Sara Wolfe Vaughan

Posts by Sara Wolfe Vaughan

Training for Volunteer Tutors of Refugees

In collaboration with Pima Community College’s Refugee Education Program, and the University of Arizona’s Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program, Literacy Connects is offering […]

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“Don’t Be Afraid.”

Ana (third from left) with tutors and other GED grads Literacy Connects is proud to announce the June 1, 2017 HSE/GED graduation of nine […]

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Dreams Come True for Refugee and Immigrant Women

The second cohort of our Women RISE interns have all completed their job-readiness training and are ready to take on the world! Two of […]

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The Best of Stories that Soar!

Best of Stories that Soar! 2016-2017 Soars to New Heights A special message from Sharon O’Brien, Artistic Director of Literacy Connects’ Stories that Soar! […]

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Refugees and Immigrants Tell Their Stories

The Tucson Museum of Art and Literacy Connects Help Refugees and Immigrants Tell Their Stories   Thanks in part to a generous grant from […]

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You’re Invited…

…to stay at home and enjoy your favorite beverage over a good e-book! I’d like to share some of my favorite stories with you. […]

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ELAA Student Shares Love of Reading

In 1992, Esperanza came to the United States from Colombia, with multiple college degrees–one a master’s degree in Spanish. She taught Spanish classes at […]

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UA Eller Students Connect with Women RISE Interns

Last month a group of a dozen graduate students from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management visited the Literacy Connects campus to connect […]

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In Commemoration of Dr. Neil Russakoff

Reach Out & Read Southern Arizona Dr. Neil Russakoff Leaves Lasting Impact   Dr. Neil Russakoff was a strong advocate for Reach Out & […]

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Building Our Community Together

April Is Volunteer Appreciation Month For the first time ever Literacy Connects hosted one event to bring together every volunteer from every program with […]

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STS! Gets Curious at the Tucson Festival of Books

by Sharon O’Brien – Stories that Soar! Artistic Director Another wildly successful Tucson Festival of Books has passed! I feel so blessed to have […]

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Refugee & Immigrant Students Need Your Help

Everyone is welcome at Literacy Connects With your support, our programming helps thousands of refugees, immigrants, and their families every year. We work to […]

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Inspire a Love of Reading: Give Books

 Donate: K-1st grade (ages 5-7), new or gently-used children’s books at one of our local partners. My 92.9 has teamed up with Literacy Connects to […]

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Why We Write – STS! Kid Authors Express Themselves

Guest blog by Sharon O’Brien – Stories that Soar! Artistic Director  The last Stories that Soar! show of 2016 took place in December at […]

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The Magic of Humor: A Review of The Mercy Watson Series

The Mercy Watson Series Author-Kate DeCamillo    Illustrator- Chris Van Dusen  Fountas and Pinnell level-K The Magic of Humor – Book Review by Marsha Schlanger The Mercy […]

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What I Learned from a Reading Seed Coach: The Bigger Picture

  A guest blog by Reading Seed Program Coordinator, Katie Cooper. Consider the picture above. What do you see? Most of us will focus […]

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Literacy Connects is a Safe Place

Special Blog from Betty Stauffer, Executive Director of Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects, as our name implies, is a connector. We connect to, with, and […]

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STS! Celebrates 15 Years at Sam Hughes Elementary

On a sunny, 90+ degree day in October of this year, the Stories that Soar! team brought their A-game to the stage at Sam […]

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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett – Book Review by Violet

Extra Yarn Author-Mac Barnett    Illustrator-Jon Klassen    Fountas and Pinnell level-L   Extra Yarn, a Caldecott honor book and a New York Times […]

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Exploring Literacy in Mexico

This week we have a guest blog from Jessica Dennes, our Reading Seed Coach Manager and Trainer. Over the summer she studied literacy abroad in Mexico […]

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Reading Seed, Reach Out and Read, and Infusion Hire New Staff Members!

Meet our three newest staff members. We’re excited to have them on our team, and can’t wait to see all the great work they’re […]

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AmeriCorps Positions Available

AmeriCorps was founded in 1994 and has since put over 80,000 Americans to work in jobs that directly impact our communities. AmeriCorps positions are […]

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220% Improvement in Kindergarteners’ Reading From Literacy Connects Pilot Program

Kindergartners at Keeling Elementary have made astonishing strides in their reading skills, their attitudes about reading, and their classroom engagement after participation in Literacy […]

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Literacy Connects Event Raises over $130K for Local Literacy Programming

With the generous support of our community sponsors, donors, volunteers, and student ambassadors we were able to raise over $132,000 for Literacy Connects programming at our […]

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Passing on the Invaluable Gift of Literacy

Defining Literacy What is literacy? In my mind, it is being able to both give and receive thoughts and ideas in the process of […]

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Meet New Board Member Thom Cope

We’re pleased to announce the election of Thom Cope onto Literacy Connects’ Board of Directors. Thom is an attorney at Mesch Clark Rothschild. He […]

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From One-Room Schoolhouse to Literacy Connects – Bob Patterson is a Lifelong Learner

A little over a year ago, Bob Patterson decided that he wanted to get better at reading aloud to his 3 ½ year old […]

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PCICEO Accountability Session

Join Literacy Connects, PCICEO, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, The University of Arizona College of Education, Amphitheater Public Schools, fellow community members, […]

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Reading Seed, ELAA, and Administration Gain New Staff Members

We’d like to introduce our three newest staff members. We’re so excited to have them on board! Discover what each of them brings to Literacy Connects… […]

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Meet Board Chair Lillian Brantley-Thompson

How long have you been part of the Literacy Connects family? I joined the  Literacy Connects family in August 2012  as a member of […]

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An English Language tutor sings the praises of his class

“Twice a week I have had the pleasure of teaching English to a group of adult students. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, and, I think […]

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Don’t miss the magic!! Get your tickets now for Best of Stories that Soar!

Original Children’s Stories + Artistic Interpretation =  Best of Stories that Soar! Join Literacy Connects on Sunday, May 20th for Best of Stories that […]

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On the Laps of their Parents – Reading to Baby

April 24, 2012 By TMC for Children His diaper is clean, his belly full, and he just woke from a nap, but boy, is […]

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Volunteers – You Are Appreciated!

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we would like to thank all of the volunteers in Literacy Connects’ programs for your many dedicated hours […]

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My Literacy is my Children’s Literacy

Over the course of six weeks, three adult students from Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and three tutors created digital literacy stories. STORYTELLING is the […]

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Start the Habit Young: At some Southern Arizona clinics, books have replaced lollipops

Thanks Adam Curtis at Willcox Range News for this wonderful article about Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona – A program of Literacy Connects. […]

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Children’s stories are turned into hand-published books in Bisbee

Stories that Soar! has entered into the book making component of its program in Bisbee. Children from Bisbee, Naco, and Sierra Vista wrote stories […]

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Thanks Tucson for a record-setting show of support at Tucson Festival of Books!

Thanks to your support, Literacy Connects collected over 1,400 signatures for the National Right to Literacy Scroll at their tent at the Tucson Festival […]

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The National Right to Literacy Scroll comes to the Tucson Festival of Books

Literacy Connects will be collecting signatures for the National Right to Literacy Scroll at our tent (#300) at the Tucson Festival of Books on […]

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We have a dream, too

Another wonderful partnership was realized last week with Stories That Soar! at Holaway Elementary thanks to the beautiful creative work of the cast and […]

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Student Ambassadors visit the Arizona State Legislature

On February 16, a group of Student Ambassadors from Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and Pima College Adult Education visited the Arizona State Legislature. They […]

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Your Story Matters

Until February 8th, 2012, the Stories that Soar! Story Box will be collecting YOUR stories, poems, drawings and reflections on the theme of the […]

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“Life Can Change” – Marty, an adult emerging reader and writer, shares his story

Back in the years before I was in eighth grade, I was doing good in school. At first I was moving right along from […]

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Dr. Arthur’s Reading Corner: Common Questions Answered – Why Should My Practice Offer Reach Out and Read?

A pediatric and family practice office can be a busy place.  The work schedule is usually full most of the year with well-child visits, […]

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“My whole life was structured around keeping the fact that I couldn’t read a secret.”

“I reached a point where my life was falling apart. I realized it all came down to this secret.” These were the words of […]

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The Tucson Festival of Books Young Author’s Competition is underway!

The competition is open to writers in pre-school through high school, so please help spread the word!! Deadline for entries is December 1st. The […]

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Giving children a chance to fall in love with reading

The eighth annual Story Town Family Literacy Festival was a great success as families from all over Tucson experienced the fun of books.  Kudos […]

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Betsey’s Book Review – Bliss, Remembered

Have you ever enjoyed a book but been disappointed in the ending?  Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford is NOT one of those books.  It […]

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The eleventh annual STS! show (YES– 11 years!) at Sam Hughes was a huge success

The audience was filled with enthusiastic kids that submitted 711 stories,  visiting pre-schoolers from 2nd Street, all the second graders from Brichta (who helped […]

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Thank you for a fabulous 1st Annual Rally for Literacy!

The official kick-off for Literacy Connects was held on October 1st in downtown Tucson. The rally celebrated the unprecedented steps taken by five literacy […]

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