Claremore Daily Progress

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January 18, 2014

Literacy council names Godwin as director



For adults who can’t read, successful intervention, encouragement and identification of root causes can make a huge difference in a person’s joy in life or professional potential, according to Godwin.
“The reasons why a neighbor or family member may not read or write well are many and complex and you may never be aware that they struggle. The remarkable learned skills that hide a person’s abilities in these areas include exceptional memory and a way of participating that either hides or at least deflects the idea that there is a problem,” Godwin said. “I urge your readers to start the conversation at home and in the community. Tell whomever you meet — RCLC is here and we can help.” 
Godwin is a graduate of The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland. Her local work experience includes the Rogers County Historical Society, Belvidere Mansion, and Adpro of Ok, Inc. Prior to living full-time in the United States Godwin worked for American Express, International, Inc. and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
The Rogers County Literacy Council is a private nonprofit formed in 1985 as a result of a series of stories published in the Claremore Daily Progress newspaper about illiteracy. The council is a member of the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition and ProLiteracy America. It is supported by the generosity of the Rogers County residents, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Rogers County United Way.
On Feb. 11 the council will host its annual appreciation dinner for students and tutors at the Claremore Community Center. The event will bring students, teachers and supporters of the council together. 
“I am looking forward to meeting more of the students and tutors. Already I have been inspired by those I have met,” Godwin said. “’Each One Teach One’ is a phrase that encapsulates our mission. Though many tutors teach more than one person — for example, ESL is taught in a classroom in some locations — we have so much to offer each other,” Godwin said.
 Any person seeking help or wanting to volunteer should contact Godwin by email at, or call (918) 227-4331. Office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the literacy room at the Will Rogers Library. 

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