The mission of the Literacy Center of
Milford is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes
to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing,
speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our
Our Adult program is open to
any adult living in the surrounding Milford area FREE of charge. We
offer one on one ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring and
group ESL tutoring. We offer flexible scheduling, confidentiality, convenient tutoring sites.
One on one tutoring
is scheduled at the convenience of the tutor and student. They may meet
at the Literacy Center or any other location convenient to them.
Conversation groups are held at night for ESL students who would like to communicate better with others in English. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are offered at various times throughout the week.
are for students who want to learn to write English better. They
prepare essays and read them in September to their friends and families
at City Hall, Milford.
This program was initiated in early 1991. The number of
sites we send readers to has increased over the years from two to nine. It has
been well documented that children who are read to from an early age are more
likely to become readers on their own.
The children receive a new, age appropriate book two times a
year. We operate this program on the school calendar and the books are
distributed in June and December. We do not give out Christmas books in December but rather, stories with a
winter theme. There are many children from different cultures in these classes
and not everyone celebrates our holiday.
The program is funded primarily by the Rotary Club of
Milford. We also receive a donation from Milford Hospital each year to be used
for this program or the BOOKS FOR TODDLERS. The Literacy Center
picks up any financial needs that are left unfunded. Volunteers at the hospital
deliver the kits to each new mother’s room before discharge. The patient
advocate has been trained on what to say and to answer any questions. The kits are assembled at the Center
and consist of : a board book, a
handbook for parents on raising a reader, helpful tip sheets on the
developmental stages of a child,
our brochure and a letter to the parents from the Center. Milford Hospital and
the Literacy Center were the first ones to introduce the service in the greater
New Haven area. We also have been instrumental in helping to set up a program
in Phoenix, Arizona. They modeled their program after ours.
Sometime after, Books for Toddlers became an extension of
the above program. Each child that
received the first book is sent another for their first birthday. We furnish
the book and mailing envelopes. Volunteers prepare them for mailing,at the
hospital, and the Milford Hospital Auxiliary pays the postage. We receive pictures of the babies and
thank you notes from the parents. We have a poster made and will continue to display it whenever
possible. Each year the Center is
invited to exhibit at Milford Hospital’s Baby Fair and it is there that we meet
many of the recipients of our program. It is very popular and one of the best
things we could be promoting, reading to children.
To help improve reading skills in middle school age
children and engage reading in different ways that can be fun.
When we passed U.S.A. Immigration check point in Miami International Airport, the Immigration officer, after he interviewed us and checked our Immigration papers said “welcome To United States of North America, we are opening our arms to you, please do good things in here”. “He asked where you going to live”? We said in Connecticut. Hesaid is December and I believe Connecticut will get snow tomorrow. Then he asked; have you see snow before? We answer no, never before. He then said it will be a wonderful experience for you. Then we got back our Immigration folders and he said to us have a nice trip. Was a beautiful day when we took the air plane from Miami International Airport to La Guardia International Airport in New York. About 18 years have passed already but we still remember it like it was yesterday our trip to the Land of Liberty, the Land of Freedom U.S.A.It was a beautiful sunset when the airplane approached the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, New York, New York. For us, it was like a dream to see the lights of the biggest city in the world going on, until the airplane we were on waiting for its turn to land. For the fist time, we sew the majesty of the twin tower, the Statue of Liberty, the EmpireState Building and the all beautiful city around us. It was like a gift from the heaven to me, to my wife and our three children. At this time our children where teenagers. Today they are all professionals.Our next day was in Stamford Connecticut. I remember that we where so tired from the trip, but early in the morning my older sister woke us up when she said: “wake up every body its snowing” my family and I jumped up from the bed and run to the window to see for the first time in ours life, the beautiful snowflakes coming down from the clouds. Mysister said lets go for a ride around the city. We all got inside the car for a ride around the city. After a while, we stopped at Cove Beach where the snow was falling heavily.In conclusion: We are thankful to this Country for open it’s arms to us. From the Immigration officer in Miami International Airport whom will never forget, specially to our God who created the heaven and the earth and who created us to his image because of all we have and all we have received in our life through our faith in Hem.Also, my wife Miriam and I want to thank the Literacy Center for this opportunity to bring this true history to you, our special thanks to Joy Stonier, Joe Lefebvre, John O’Neil, and John Scalici who show us interest for our English skills.
Jose and Miriam BonillaFrom Guatemala
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