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National Accreditation for CLC

On October 17, 2013 Craven Literacy Council was awarded accredited status by ProLiteracy. CLC has served adults in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties since 1985, helping them improve their reading, mathematics, listening, writing, speaking, and technology skills.

Peter Waite, Vice-President of Programs, says, “We are proud to add Craven Literacy Council to our growing list of accredited organizations. They have demonstrated that their program meets the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs and that their services to the community are effective. We applaud the many volunteers, staff, and students who have devoted their time and effort to achieve this goal.”

ProLiteracy’s Accreditation provides literacy programs with a comprehensive process for: 1) conducting an organizational self-assessment; 2) developing program improvement plans; and 3) demonstrating that their organization meets the highest standards for governance, program management, program operations, and volunteer development.

Tutors Needed!

We cannot keep up with the need for tutors and urge you to consider becoming a literacy tutor for Craven Literacy Council. Read here about our latest class of tutors and how you can join them.

CarolinaEast Foundation Awards Grant to CLC

Craven Literacy Council was one of several area nonprofits to receive funding from the CarolinaEast Foundation on May 14, 2013. CLC will use the $4,000 grant to develop a health literacy program designed to help adults read and understand medical information. See the New Bern Sun Journal for more coverage of the awards.

Craven County Community Foundation Award Funds Literacy Program

The Craven County Community Foundation (CCCF), representing the Richard Chapman Cleve Fund, awarded a $5,000 grant to Craven Literacy Council’s “Enhancing Life Skills through Literacy” Program. The award check presentation is on Sep 10th, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce in New Bern. CCCF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Coverage of the award ceremony can be found on the Sun Journal website.

The goal of this program is to enhance learning for ESL students. Our primary objective is to produce comprehensive learning modules which will allow students to absorb the progressive and sequential training which our excellent, nationally-recommended textbooks offer. Our secondary objective is to enable our students to improve their performance in national testing and in attaining personal educational goals.

Textbooks and workbooks present necessary instructional content well – but briefly. Many CLC students need additional reinforcement and practice to master these skills and thereby derive full benefit from the material. Our learning modules, to be developed using a team of trained tutors, will contain a number of 60-90-minute sessions for use in individual, small group and classroom situations. Pre- and Post-Testing will be integrated into the modules to assess ease of use and effectiveness for students and tutors. The Project will last for more than a year. The anticipated development time is three months per module.

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept.10-16, 2012

The goal of National Adult Education & Family Literacy (AEFL) Week is to work side-by-side in every state, territory, and district, to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being. Learn more here.

Annual Authors Luncheon September 15

Get a great lunch with homemade desserts and be able to hear many local authors at the Annual Authors Luncheon starting at 11:30 AM at Cherry Point United Methodist Church, 103 Methodist Road, Havelock. Tickets are available at the Havelock Library for $20.00 or email

The following authors will be present with books on sale and opportunity for autographing: Helen Aitken, Phil Bowie, Kenneth Capps, Chip Chagnon, Skip Crayton, Flavius Hall, Jr., James P. Hardison, James Kaufman, Hesta Roach, Robert Van Kirk and Patricia Woodard.

Tutors Share at In-Service

At our August 2012 tutor in-service, held at Craven Literacy Council offices, tutors participate in citizenship discussion led by Susan Husson of Interfaith Refugee Ministry.

Dollar General Donates to Craven Literacy Council

Dollar General Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Craven Literacy Council. The grant will be used to fund literacy and basic education programs for adults. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities where its customers, employees and their families live and work. The adult literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide services such as basic education, GED preparation or English as a second language
--reported in the June 1, 2012 New Bern Sun Journal

Fashion in Bloom Proceeds Benefit CLC

A big thank you to the generous folks of Carolina Colours. Their Social Committee hosted a fashion show on May 16 with proceeds to benefit Craven Literacy Council. CLC staff and Board members were happy to support their efforts. Executive Director Keith Merritt and intrepid Board member Ed Blunt joined over 100 ladies at the Carolina Colours Pavilion for lunch catered by Harvey Mansion. Fashions provided by Charisma Boutique and Juliette's Boutique of New Bern plus Chico's from Greenville were modeled by area residents. Door prizes and a silent auction contributed to the fun. Click here to view a photo montage created by Jerry Trenholm of Carolina Colours.

CLC Receives Award from ProLiteracy’s 2010-2011 National Book Fund

Craven Literacy Council succeeds in its mission to train tutors and educate students in part because of materials provided by ProLiteracy’s 2010-2011 National Book Fund award. As a recipient of the award, CLC received materials valued at nearly $2,000 – materials which include texts used during Tutor Training and instructional workbooks used by our students. Thank you, ProLiteracy, for your support of Craven Literacy Council!

New Bern Home to Refugees from Around the World

Thanks to efforts by Interfaith Refugee Ministry, people from Burma and other countries are getting a chance for a better life in New Bern. Many of these refugees find their way to Craven Literacy Council to help them learn English and make their way in the U.S. Find out more about Burmese and other refugees in this Sun Journal article.