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In RadioRotary’s weekly 30 minute interviews, two entertaining professional radio hosts, Sarah O’Connell and Jonah Triebwasser, chat with Rotarians and non-Rotarians, people who live by Rotary’s motto, “Service above Self.” Guests are humanitarians who work on many levels in programs that address su… read more

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Literary Connections for Nonreaders (Aired on February 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary’s co-host Jonah Triebwasser interviews three members of the staff of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: Debra Paskowski, Katherine Stikkers, and Marian Thompson. A surprising number of adults are unable to read English, either because they did not learn to read as a child or perhaps they grew up speaking a language other then English. Literacy Connections helps resolve reading problems in various ways. The Book Buddy program, which brings adult readers into elementary schools where they read along with children or have children read to them, gets children on the path to reading success.  For most children, the transition from first-grade struggling to third-grade proficiency is the key to lifelong reading success. Other volunteers and staff members work with adult nonreaders or with those for whom English is not their first language. For the past 18 years, the largest fundraiser for Literacy Connections has been the annual Spelling Bee for high-school students and adult teams. Various organizations, such a Rotary, pay to sponsor a team. The Spelling Bee is one of the major annual events in the mid-Hudson valley, fun for both participants and the audience. 

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