Breaking Barriers

September 18, 2018:  Jessie Garcia was the Master of Ceremonies at Spell Wars, the second annual ALC spelling bee.  Here are her remarks:

My mom tells me that when I was a pre-schooler, we drove around Madison looking for W's on buildings and street signs. I had just learned to identify a W and was so pleased with myself. My favorite place was University Avenue in front of the Humanities Building on the UW-Madison campus where the large, red-and-white floral "W" reigned supreme. My pre-school self didn't appreciate the significance of learning my letters all the way from A-Z, but boy, I sure do now. Cracking the alphabetic code opened the world of literacy, of knowledge, of wisdom, of news, poetry, stories of all kinds. And it clearly opened up career paths that I have followed to this day as a journalist.

July 26, 2018: Jessie Garcia to serve as opening master of ceremonies for SPELL WARS - ALC adult spelling bee fundraiser welcomes new and returning sponsors

As printed in the News Graphic, July 26, 2018

Jessie Garcia, Wisconsin's first female sportscaster who covered the Green Bay Packers for 24 years, will be the opening master of ceremonies for the Adult Literacy Center's spelling bee fundraiser; "Spell Wars."

July 20, 2018: ALC presents SPELL WARS Spelling Bee

As printed in the Mequon Beacon, August 2018 Edition

Have you ever considered entering an adult spelling bee?  You may answer no, but 36 people, representing 12 spelling teams, took the challenge to enter the Adult Literacy Center's inaugural spelling bee.  When asked what inspired them to enter, comments ranged from "I had nothing to lose and it sounded like fun for a good cause" to "I always thought I was a good speller and love to compete."

 

The 2017 ALC Bee champions, the Blume siblings, were among those who had never contemplated competing in a team spelling bee.  The threesome entered ALC's Bee because Jack's wife Kathy, a librarian at MATC, thought they would make a good team, and she was right!  Julie, the sister on the team, recalls, "It never entered my mind that we'd win!"

June 19, 2018: ALC to host a Health Literacy Resource Fair with six other agencies.

As printed in the News Graphic June 19, 2018

All community members are invited to a Health Literacy Resource Fair hosted by the Adult Literacy Center, Aurora Health Care, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee, United Way Northern Ozaukee and the YMCA Kettle-Moraine.  The event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9AM to noon.  Grace Lutheran has graciously offered their facility for the event to take place at 715  Sixth Ave, Grafton, WI.  53024.

June 15, 2018: Jessie Garcia to serve as opening master of ceremonies for SPELL WARS!

Exciting news for SPELL WARS: Jessie Garcia will be the opening master of ceremonies for the spelling bee! 

A native of Madison, Jessie is an accomplished author and was the first female sports anchor in the state of Wisconsin.  She covered the Packers for 24 years and was at Super Bowls 31, 32, and 45.  She became one of the first women in the country to host an NFL coach’s show with The Mike Holmgren Show in 1998.  Jessie also co-hosted The Mike McCarthy Show with Larry McCarren for many years and served as the Packer sideline reporter at pre-season games.

 

Jessie has authored three books, including her memoir, My Life with the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting.  Her other books are No Stone Unturned: A Bother and Sister’s Incredible Journey Through the Olympics and Cancer and Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of our State Olympians.

 

Jessie is a graduate of Boston University and currently teaches journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She previously taught at Marquette University, Carroll University and Mount Mary University.  Currently, she is writing her first two works of fiction set in Wisconsin.

May 22, 2018: Adult Literacy Center receives $3000 challenge grant

As reported in the News Graphic

The Adult Literacy Center has reached the matching donations required to be the recipient of a $3,000 challenge grant... 

April 24, 2018

 

Thank you Thiensville-Mequon Lions Club for recognizing ALC two years in a row at the April parade of checks.! ALC is deeply appreciative of the ongoing support.

Pictured is ALC Board President, Linda Borkenhagen, accepting the check.

MARCH 20, 2018

Announcing the ALC's 2nd Annual Spelling Bee fundraiser - SPELL WARS!

Join the fun as a sponsor, donor, speller or spectator!

WHEN - Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:30PM

WHERE - River Club in Mequon 

12400 North Ville du Parc Drive

WHAT -  Event includes dinner and spelling bee competition

Click here for more details:

Read spelling team tips from last year's

spelling bee champions Zimmerman Architectural Studios  by Julie Blume Benedict!

January 15, 2018: Adult Literacy Center launches 2018 Annual Campaign with $3,000 Challenge Grant!

Read more about the Challenge Grant:

Adult Literacy Center celebrates new director, education coordinator
 - Honors volunteers with a special event and thanks fall donors
(as printed in the News Graphic on December 5, 2017)
The Adult Literacy Center Board of Directors last month hosted an event for tutors and students to welcome its new staff and honor the work of its volunteer tutors.. 

Thank you Shopko! ALC board members Celeste Giunta and Linda Borkenhagen meet with Debbie Elliot, Shopko's Assistant Manager, to accept Shopko Foundation's grant.

Letter to the Editor - thank you greater Ozaukee community

as printed in the News Graphic on October 5, 2017

To the Editor:

As the Adult Literacy Center’s Bee chair, I want to personally thank the greater Ozaukee community for its support in making the ALC’s inaugural Spelling Bee, Casting a Spell on Literacy, a spectacular success.  The ALC reached its aspirational goals and everyone is looking forward to next year!  All proceeds will go to support the ALC’s educational programming.

 

First, many thanks to our tremendous sponsors for providing the financial foundation for the event: Nicholas Family Foundation, Coerper Maurer Foundation, Aurora Health Care, Inc., LaBudde Group Inc., Sommer’s Automotive, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Joyce Rosenberg.  Special thanks to our event partner, Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club, who was there every step of the way from planning to execution, providing ongoing financial and volunteer support. We are grateful for the generosity of all event donors, underwriters and silent auction donors, including promotional support from the News Graphic.

 

A huge shout out to our valiant spellers who stood at the microphone and performed spelling magic with a possibly overzealous spelling word list!  Congratulations to the winning team, Zimmerman Architectural Studios (the Blume siblings), and runner-up teams - Team Qwerty from LaBudde Group, Inc. and Eddukated from MT Sunrise Rotary.  Another shout out to the Bee officials who managed a rousing competition: Mitch Teich, Connie Pukaite, Alice Sedgwick, Lee Wiskirchen, Chris Schultz and Maureen Wiskirchen.  Finally, thanks to all of our Bee spectators who filled the room with excitement and appreciation!

 

Deep appreciation goes out to an incredibly energetic Bee committee, including ALC board members and tutors and MT Sunrise Rotary members – you all made the event run smoothly!  Special thanks to my husband, Thom Clopton, who was an ever patient supporter and volunteer, and to my steadfast co-chair, Betsey Woody. 

 

Heartfelt thanks to all who supported the ALC, Bee and literacy! For more information about the ALC, please visit www.AdultLiteracyOZ.org.

 

Celeste Giunta

Adult Literacy Center

Spelling Bee Chair

Press Release - July 17, 2017

Excitement builds for the

ADULT LITERACY CENTER’S SPELLING BEE

 

Grafton,  WI - Excitement and support continues to build for the Adult Literacy Center’s adult spelling bee fundraiser, Casting a Spell on Literacy.  The ALC proudly announces two gold presenting sponsors for the event: Nicholas Family Foundation and Coerper-Maurer Foundation.  Coerper Maurer Foundation notes that Margaret Coerper, the foundation’s benefactor, ‘always valued, and stressed, the importance of a good education to not only better oneself, but also to make a difference by becoming a productive member of the community.’  

 

Bronze level sponsors include: Aurora Health Care, Inc.; LaBudde Group, Inc.; and Sommer’s Automotive.  Milwaukee Area Technical College has signed on as a table sponsor.  Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary is the ALC’s partner in this event. 

Mitch Teich, executive producer and co-host of Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect”

 program since 2006, has graciously volunteered to serve as the Bee’s opening master

of ceremonies and as the word pronouncer for the competition.  ALC is delighted

 to have someone of Mr. Teich’s caliber join the event.  Mr. Teich is looking forward

to getting back to Ozaukee County, ‘home of the best strawberries and apples in

Wisconsin.’

 

Twelve corporate and community teams have entered the competition!  To join in the fun and excitement, mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2017.  ALC welcomes all corporate and community adult spelling teams and spectators to the Bee.   A generous community member has offered to sponsor a team needing support – contact the ALC as soon as possible take advantage of this offer.  Early bird registration ends to  July 31, 2017. 

All proceeds from the Bee go to support the educational programs and services of the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County, an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.   The ALC has been providing a wide range of adult literacy and educational services for over 30 years, including: English as a Second Language; Adult Basic Education; GED Preparation for high school equivalency; college entrance preparation for adults; and citizenship exam preparation.

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee continues to actively seek sponsors and spellers for its adult spelling bee fundraiser!  To become a sponsor, register an adult spelling team, buy a spectator ticket, or to find out more, go to the ALC website www.AdultLiteracyOZ.org  and click on the ALC EVENTS page.   Or, contact Celeste Giunta, Interim Executive Director, at 262-546-0020 or by email at adultliteracycenter@gmail.com .  

Press Release June 19, 2017

Support Soars for ALC Spelling Bee Fundraiser

Support soars for the Adult Literacy Center’s adult spelling bee fundraiser, Casting a Spell on Literacy. With great pleasure and gratitude, the ALC is proud to announce new event sponsors: Aurora Health Care, Inc.; Coerper-Maurer Foundation; LaBudde Group, Inc.; and Sommer’s Automotive.  Milwaukee Area Technical College has signed on as a table sponsor.  Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary is the ALC’s partner in this event.

Mitch Teich, executive producer and co-host of Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect” program since 2006, has graciously volunteered to serve as the Bee’s opening master of ceremonies and as the word pronouncer for the competition.  ALC is delighted to have someone of Mr. Teich’s caliber join the event.  He notes: ”This event could not be a better fit for me.  As a journalist and communicator, the written word is extremely important in my life.  My work has shown me that reading and writing have the power to elevate people to a higher station in life.  It’s about being able to compete for employment, advocate for yourself effectively in the healthcare system, and understand the world around you.”

To join in the fun and excitement, mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2017.  ALC cordially invites all corporate and community adult spelling teams and spectators to the Bee.   A generous community member has offered to sponsor a team needing support – contact the ALC as soon as possible take advantage of this offer.  Early bird registration is extended to THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017. 

All proceeds from the Bee go to support the educational programs and services of the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County, an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.   The ALC has been providing a wide range of adult literacy and educational services for over 30 years, including: English as a Second Language; Adult Basic Education; GED Preparation for high school equivalency; college entrance preparation for adults; and citizenship exam preparation.

 

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee continues to actively seek sponsors and spellers for its adult spelling bee fundraiser!  Space is limited, so contact the ALC soon!  To become a sponsor, register an adult spelling team, buy a spectator ticket, or to find out more, go to the ALC website www.AdultLiteracyOZ.org  and click on the ALC EVENTS page.   Or, contact Celeste Giunta, Interim Executive Director, at 262-546-0020 or by email at adultliteracycenter@gmail.com .  

Press release - May 2017 

Posted in My Ozaukee Now on May 2, 2017

News Graphic - May 25, 2017

Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County 

to Host Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser

Gather a team and join the fun at the Adult Literacy Center’s adult spelling bee fundraiser – Casting a Spell on Literacy.  Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2017.  The event takes place at Reuter Pavilion in Mequon Rotary Park at 4100 Highland Road in Mequon.  The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club is a partner in the event.

This community fundraising event is open to corporate and community spelling teams. Working together, teams of three come up with the correct spelling within the allotted time after the ''pronouncer" has said the word, defined it, and used it in a sentence.   The last team standing wins!

The Bee is a spectator sport!  All community members and team supporters are invited.  By attending the event as a spectator, speller or sponsor, your support will make it possible for adult learners to achieve greater employment success, financial independence and community engagement. 

All proceeds from the Bee go to support the educational programs and services of the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County (ALC), an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.  The ALC has been providing a wide range of literacy and educational services for over 30 years, including:

  • English as a Second Language

  • Adult Basic Education

  • GED Preparation for high school equivalency

  • College Entrance Preparation for Adults

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation

  • Partnerships with local employers to enhance employee skills

 

The ALC is actively seeking sponsors for this fundraising event!  Be sure to sign up soon as space is limited.  To become a sponsor, register an adult spelling team, buy a spectator ticket, or to find out more, go to the newly updated website www.AdultLiteracyOZ.org  and click on the ALC EVENTS page.   Or, contact Celeste Giunta, Interim Executive Director, at 262-546-0020 or by email at AdultLiteracyCenter@gmail.com .

Press release - April 2017 

Posted in the News Graphic on April 6, 2017

100+ Woman Who Care Ozaukee Chapter makes $7,125 donation to the Adult Literacy Center

100+Women Who Care - Ozaukee County's donation to the Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County has now grown to $7,400! The ALC was the first quarter of 2017 recipient.  Pictured are Celeste Giunta, ALC Interim Executive Director, Maureen Wiskirchen and Sue Brumm of 100+Women,  Linda Borkenhagen, ALC Board President,  and Mary Karnitz of 100+Women.  The next quarterly meeting of 100+Women will be held on Monday, May 8, 7:00 at the Highland House. Call Maureen at 262-377-8936 for more information.

Press release - March 2017

ADULT LITERACY CENTER OF OZAUKEE COUNTY

MEETS MATCH FOR $2000 CHALLENGE GRANT

 

 

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County is pleased to announce that it reached the matching donations required to be the recipient of a $2000 Challenge Grant.  The ALC would like to publicly express thanks for the generosity of an anonymous local family which made the grant possible and to the community for their donations allowing the ALC to meet the challenge. 

 

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County has been providing a wide variety of literacy services for over 30 years.  Proceeds from the grant and matching donations will be used to enhance educational programming, professional development and accountability to the Center’s students. 

 

Educational services offered by the ALC literacy include:

  • English as a Second Language

  • Adult Basic Education --Tutoring in Math and Language Arts

  • GED Preparation for high school equivalency

  • College Entrance Preparation for Adults

  • Citizenship Exam Preparation

  • Partnerships with local employers to enhance employee skills

 

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.  Opportunities to support literacy in Ozaukee County are ongoing!  Donations can be made online using PayPal or a credit card through the ALC website, www.adultliteracyoz.org .

 

For more information about the Adult Literacy Center, contact Celeste Giunta, Interim Executive Director, at 262-546-0020 or at adultliteracycenter@gmail.com .

The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County is an independent 501(c)(3) organization 

715 6th Avenue, Grafton, WI  53024     |      adultliteracycenter@gmail.com     |     262-546-0020