Dogwood Literacy Council Siloam Springs Arkansas

Transforming lives and communities through literacy

Siloam Springs, AR   |  https://dogwoodliteracycouncil.org/

Mission

The mission of Dogwood Literacy Council is to promote literacy by providing basic English, reading, writing and speaking instruction to adult learners thereby better preparing them to cope with the demands of everyday life and enhancing their roles in the community.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Charlie Muessemeyer

Main address

100 S BROADWAY ST Suite H

Siloam Springs, AR 72761 USA

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EIN

58-1930325

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dogwood Literacy Council is addressing literacy in Northwest Arkansas. Providing basic English, reading, writing, and speaking instruction to adult learners, we are helping prepare them to cope with the demands of everyday life and enhancing their roles in the community. The greatest determinant of a child's educational success is the literacy level of his or her parents. We are transforming lives and communities through literacy.

Our programs

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Basic Literacy

Dogwood Literacy Council promotes literacy by helping people increase their literacy through one on one tutoring. The students practice reading and writing to improve their literacy

Population(s) Served

Dogwood Literacy Council offers English as a second language classes. These are small classes of about six to ten students. We study reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Population(s) Served

We offer free citizenship classes. The class practices the 100 questions for the test. The class talks about what to expect during the interview . We study the oath of allegiance and how to register to vote.

Population(s) Served

Dogwood Literacy Council has a health literacy class. We study healthy eating habits. The class learns about money saving ways to cook at home and prepare meals full of fresh healthy food. We discuss dental health with a trip to a dentist. We take a field trip to the health department. The class discusses different health issues and how to talk to your doctor. The class discusses to importance of daily exercise and we have a time of "movement" in every class session.

Population(s) Served

Dogwood Literacy Council's English as a Second Language students are offered a second class to help their preschool children. The student is given a picture book to practice reading. After they have mastered the book, we ask them to take it home to read to their preschool child. When the student returns the book after they have finished their "homework", we place a tag in the book with their child's name on it and give the book to the family.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Dogwood Literacy Council is working on making stronger community by promoting literacy. Helping people better their life by increasing their English. We provide Basic English, reading writing and speaking instruction to adult learners thereby better preparing them to cope with the demands of everyday life and enhancing their roles in the community. Transforming lives and communities through literacy. Our long-term goal is to continue working in the community to offer these free services.

Dogwood Literacy Council is creating a safe place to take classes to increase literacy. The council offers health literacy, family literacy, financial literacy, along with basic English, reading and writing. We also offer citizenship classes and Spanish classes. Dogwood Literacy Council also houses NWACC’s GED classes in Siloam Springs. We ask the students about their goals during the intake process. We then set up a strategy for meeting goals.

Dogwood Literacy Council’s one paid employee has two education degrees and over 25 years’ experience teaching English as a second language. This knowledge helps to set up the classes and curriculum needed for students to meet their goals. We have partnered with John Brown University’s Walton Scholar program to provide bilingual and bi-cultural tutors for our evening classes. We have engaged the retirement community of Siloam Springs to also help with tutoring. The council is supported by grants from various foundations. The council is currently sending out a fundraising letter to help raise funds.

So far we have found some grants this year that we had not tried for in previous years. I am setting up a schedule for what grants to ask for when. I hope to have a three year plan to know where money is coming from. Many funders only want to fund money every few years. They want to know they are helping but are not the only provider. Seeing different partnership helps with that. Seeing where money could come when will help us know what is possible in our planning.

Financials

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Dogwood Literacy Council Siloam Springs Arkansas

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stephanie Harper

Siloam Springs School District

Term: 2016 - 2020


Board co-chair

Lynn Wisely

Siloam Springs School District

Term: 2016 - 2020

Haley Emerick

Haymond Insurance

John Marter

Jenny Manning

Kelly Unger

Simmons Foods

Rhonda Rutledge

Lou Cha

John Brown University

Johnna Vincent

All State Insurance

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