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The Suffolk Literacy Council would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters of the 2017 Give Local online campaign.  We are thrilled with the results of Give Local.  We asked you, our supporters to embrace this campaign to help us in our mission to combat adult literacy in our community.  This year we raised $ 8014.20.


Thank you for your generous support!  We cannot do it without you!    

Suffolk Literacy Council 2017 Give Local 757  Campaign Donors

Sheri Anderson

Pearlie Blanks

Dallas Boone

Larry Brunson

Vermelle Byrd

Frances Carr

Scott & Heather Carr

Charles Cone

Oliver & Nancy Creekmore

Alice Cross

H Lee Cross IV

Joseph Cross

Lynn Cross

Amber Darden

Margaret Debranski

Linda Drummond

Lydia Duke

Fran Duman

Marie Evans

Azeez Felder

Marion Flood

Kay Goldberg

James & Rebecca Habel

Dr. & Mrs. Harrell III

A Charles Hassell II

James Jenkins

S. Chris & Karen Jones

Kelly Klass

Lynda Kennedy

Ernestine Langston

Alice Lee

Anna Locascio

Theresa Long

Bonnie Maki

LaQuisha McGlone

Marjorie McLemore

Barbara McPhail

Gary Meyers

Wanda Olden

Eugene Porter

Patsy Powell

Eliza Rainey

Catherine Randall

Jessica Reitz

Mary Anne Riddick

Robin Rose

Louise Ross

Clint Rudy

Ellen Harrison Saunders

Hyler Scott

Angela Smith

Faye Sobel

Ron Sobel

Mills Staylor

Virginia Staylor

J D Sullivan

Ernie & Maryanne Sulski

Bettie Swain

Lisa Tarkington

Lue Ward

Helen Weber

Lindsey White

Lori White

Susan White

Charles White III

Edgar Wiggins

Elbert Williams

Marsha Winslow

Donald Wittenaur

Brighton Rock Lodge No 79

Greater Oakland & Chuckatuck Civic League

Suffolk Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority


2017 Give Local 757 Campaign

posted Apr 6, 2017, 6:40 AM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 7:00 AM ]

We hope you will help us as we join organizations around the region in the Give Local 757 initiative.  This is the one time a year when various non-profits partner together to request contributions for the year. 

This allows us several opportunities to amplify your donation amount with incentives from the organizers of the Give Local 757 initiative.

Two ways to give:
  • • Check mailed to us by May 5, 2017:

    Suffolk Literacy Council

    Workforce Development Center

    157 North Main Street

    2nd Floor

    Suffolk VA 23434

    • Credit card donation online between Midnight and 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at:


For more information, please see or contact any of the following:

Literacy Council office (757) 514-7733

Linda Drummond (757) 570-1707

Clint Rudy (757) 718-7063

Gin Staylor (757) 630-0627

Thank you for your continuing support and for helping to make a difference in the community.

Read student Lavonia Miller's research project:

posted Mar 23, 2017, 10:31 AM by Jessica Reitz

Round Up to Support Suffolk Literacy Council

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:10 AM by Lisa Cross

A. Dodson's is a shop with unique gifts for men and women, boys and girls of various ages. Each month, they pick a non-profit for their "Round-Up Month" and this month is Suffolk Literacy Council! That means that at their three stores, customers have the option to "round-up"to support SLC. If their bill is 10.35, that means they would round up to $11 and SLC would get 65 cents. Stop by A. Dodson's to support SLC this January!

2948 Bridge Rd Suffolk VA 23435 757.483.1344
1611A Colley Ave Norfolk VA 757.222.0254
VB 500 Laskin Road, VB VA 757.965.9426

We Teach Basic Math through Fractions, Decimals & Word Problems

posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:19 AM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 12:47 PM ]

Student Charles learning improper fractions!

Student Charles learning improper fractions!
Many adults who struggle with reading find basic math such as arithmetic and even counting a struggle. The SLC has addressed this by providing free Math tutors for students who want to improve their skills. Some students need to count money, some find their lack of skills effect their job performance and others need to pass the math portion of the GED. Many of our reading tutors find the incorporation of math skills in the tutoring sessions to be necessary.

Saratoga Community UNITY event

posted Sep 18, 2016, 5:01 AM by Lisa Cross

On Sep. 17, CAPS, CAC of Suffolk and Suffolk Clergy United sponsored a UNITY event to promote fellowship and friendship among Suffolk citizens. President Lisa Cross and her husband Harry represented us, telling people who we and what we do, and enjoying the fellowship and food. 


posted Sep 12, 2016, 4:56 PM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 5:10 PM ]

Suffolk Literacy Council participated in National Night Out 2016

posted Aug 18, 2016, 7:47 AM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 5:22 PM ]

For the second year, the SLC board members set up tables and talked with potential tutors and students.  We were at Kings Fork Middle School, which was the Obici Health Fair site, and at the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority site on Pinner Street.  This is always a fun evening for everyone. Tutors Sharon Simmons and Debbie Williams participated as SLC members.  Eleven people, whom we recruited that night,  are interested in becoming tutors and we look forward to working with them. 

"I have a Dream" Summer Camp, July 7-August 11

posted Aug 18, 2016, 7:39 AM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 6:07 PM ]

This is the second year we have sponsored a Summer Camp for our students.  Once a week for six weeks, the students come to learn about important subjects in addition to reading skills.  Averaging 12 students for each session, they learned about Martin Luther King, Jr., his life and work, the US legislature, constitutional rights, By-Laws, voting rights, US history and community leaders among other things.  Our guest speakers included Kerry Holmes and Nathan Richardson.  The six-week sessions were taught by Janet Gurwell, Don Wittenauer, Jess Reitz and Wanda Olden.  Board members who attended included Linda Drummond, Hyler Scott, Faye Sobel, Ernie Sulski, and Lisa Cross.  On the last day, we had lunch provided by the Chic-Fil-A company and handed out by its famous Cow!   This camp was such a success that we are already making plans for next summer's camp.

 Student "I Have a Dream" speeches were thoughtful and well written. 
Community Volunteers and Board members participated, too. 


posted Jun 16, 2016, 10:12 AM by Lisa Cross   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 6:11 PM ]

Our SLC Board Members say, " Thank you to all who made this a wonderful success!

Illiteracy in Suffolk is probably more widespread than you think. Here's why it could get worse.

posted Jun 16, 2016, 9:08 AM by Lisa Cross

  • By James Thomas Jr.
  • May 19, 2016

    Photo by Virginian-Pilot

    Illiteracy in Suffolk is probably more widespread than many people think.

    Consider one in six Suffolk residents cannot read this sentence. The statistics from the Suffolk Literacy Council continue: about 20 percent of the population lacks a high school diploma or equivalency and might not fully understand all of the words written here.

    An uncertain number of people work on jobs that require basic writing skills but often cannot complete daily tasks. Then there are those who could use help but won’t ask for it and the overall situation could get worse before it gets better.

    “It’s because we have a critical shortage of literacy tutors,” said Jessica Reitz, tutor coordinator at the Literacy Council. “I have a waiting list for students to serve. So it’s a reasonable expectation this problem is going to continue.”

    Read more online at the Virginian-Pilot.

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