Blue Ridge Job Corps Center promotes literacy in their community

Blue Ridge Job corps Students volunteer for SCALE by going to elementary schools and promoting literacy through acting out children’s books to second grade level students.

Blue Ridge Job corps Students volunteer for SCALE by going to elementary schools and promoting literacy through acting out children’s books to second grade level students.

MARION, VA (March 28, 2014) — Job Corps centers nationwide repeatedly demonstrate their willingness to spring in to action when the call for help is sounded. Recently, Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion was rewarded for their efforts when they proved to be a lifesaver for a local literacy program.

During their 25th Anniversary Banquet, Symth County Advancement of Literacy Education (SCALE) presented Blue Ridge Job Corps students with the Lifesaver Award for their willingness to come through during a recent financial crisis and help meet the literacy needs of the community.

The same year SCALE celebrated their 25th anniversary, they also learned they had lost their funding for the year. In an attempt to offset the loss and continue their literacy programs, SCALE board of directors challenged the county to help.

Blue Ridge Job Corps Administrative Assistant Angelia Aker, who serves on the board of directors for SCALE and works closely with the youth at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center, introduced SCALE to the students. When she called for volunteers, students quickly lined up for the opportunity to help a good cause that aligned with their mission.

Blue Ridge Job Corps Youth were presented with the “Lifesaver” award at the SCALE 25th Anniversary Gala to recognize their volunteer efforts.

Blue Ridge Job Corps Youth were presented with the “Lifesaver” award at the SCALE 25th Anniversary Gala to recognize their volunteer efforts.
Standing in back is Blue Ridge Job Corps Center Administrative Assistant Angelia Aker. Front row left to right are students Chanel Gist, Kaycee Chapman, Ale Gaviria and Nyuma Cole.

“Our students regularly volunteer with SCALE to go into elementary schools and act out story books for second grade classes. This helps get the kids excited about reading and promotes literacy at a young age,” Ms. Aker said. “SCALE also calls on Blue Ridge students whenever they need manpower for school carnivals, like playing “FISHY” bingo for books, or for community events, like downtown Halloween trick-or-treating or anything else that comes up throughout the year.”

Author: Moriah Dietrich