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A Handy Trick for Learning to Read

Posted on 03/4/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Volunteering“Aoccdrning to rscheearch…” We all bring different experiences and backgrounds to our reading.  Our comprehension skills, vocabulary and language fluency all factor into what we take away from the series of letters and spaces on the page in front of us.  But the foundations of how we decode those characters comes from our learned ability to translate “letters into sounds” and “sounds into words.” And so, most of us can “read” the subtitle of this blog as “According to research…” …

Experience Corps Chicago Driven by Passionate Latino Leaders

Posted on 02/28/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringAARP Experience Corps Chicago aims to improve child literacy rates among young Chicago Latinos. As the office gears to open in March, Myrna Torres takes her position as Experience Corps Chicago’s new Branch Director. Tomas Revollo, a retired principal and educational thought leader, volunteers his time and expertise to connect Experience Corps with current Chicago Public School principals. Both have a deep interest in serving the Latino community, and that interest is invaluable in completing EC’s mission.    If you …

AARP Volunteer Receives Community Service Award

Posted on 02/27/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringWe’ve got some really fantastic volunteers in Illinois and around the country. The range of activities they work on is quite stellar. From Driver Safety to Tax Aide, to lobbying down in Springfield,  or assisting with office projects, this organization wouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t have nearly the impact that it does, without help from volunteers. That’s why we’re always excited when volunteer work is honored and recognized! So props to our longtime AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer Stanley Fukai  who …

An Early Lead for Jeff Gordon Doesn’t Pan Out, but Drive to End Hunger Still Wins

Posted on 02/25/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringWhat happens behind the scenes at a NASCAR race is just as important as what takes place on the track, and that was the case for four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and the Drive to End Hunger #24 Chevrolet at this year’s Daytona 500, a history-making edition of NASCAR‘s biggest race. Jeff started second, behind Danica Patrick, the first woman not only to earn the coveted pole position but also to lead a lap at Daytona and to finish …

Horse Sense Volunteering

Posted on 02/19/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringFran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses. She recalls that the only time in her life when she wasn’t around horses was during college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied broadcast journalism. After many years of working in the world of radio, and later, dental sales, Fran retired in 2006 to her horse farm in northern Maryland where she started volunteering with organizations that were …

Celebrating 100 Days of School on the Wall

Posted on 02/12/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringToday my class of Experience Corps students celebrated their 100th day of school!  When I got to school the teacher had placed “100th day of school” signs all over the walls.  To celebrate, the children made crowns with a “100” featured prominently on the front, and decorated their headband with 100 hearts, numbers, triangles, dots, letters—whatever they were moved to create.  And even if they didn’t get 100 “somethings” down on the paper, when the adults stapled the bands to fit …