Carmen Rose of Pocahontas recently donated a gift card from Amazon.com to the Adult Education Department of BRTC to help purchase reading materials. Her gift was in response to a plea through social media by Adult Education instructor Cindy Robinett.
“Just before Christmas, I made a post on Facebook suggesting donations to BRTC’s Adult Education Department to help promote reading among adults in the community would be a great gift idea for the holidays,” Robinette explained. “Carmen immediately responded by purchasing a gift card from Amazon.com to donate.”
I’ve always loved to read and strongly support BRTC’s efforts to help adults improve this most basic and necessary of skills,” said Rose.
Robinett said she encourages her students to read a little every day. “People just don’t read for pleasure like in the past,” she said. “As a result, reading comprehension skills, including vocabulary, just aren’t where they need to be.” Robinett uses a technique referred to as “immersion” to introduce teens and young adults to reading for pleasure. The technique refers to reading text while at the same time listening to a professional narrator read the book.
“A person who never learned to love to read has missed out on so much,” said Robinett. “By listening to a narrator, the reader can travel to a whole new world, expand his or her imagination and really feel the emotion, excitement, and drama of a book.” She added that when choosing books to have available, she looks for strong characters who can positively influence her students—especially young men and women.
“With state funding very limited for instructional materials, the BRTC Adult Education Program is always very appreciative for contributions from the community,” added Tammie Lemmons, BRTC Adult Education Director. “Our program is here for the community and is free to adults who want to improve their basic skills, study for the GED test or prepare for college.”
The BRTC Adult Education Department has classes in Pocahontas, as well as in Walnut Ridge, Strawberry, Corning, Piggott, and Rector. For more information, contact the department office at (870) 248-4130.