Blue Ridge Literacy Council welcomed four new board members at its May meeting.

Elected to three year terms were Vivian Bolanos, Market Manager, Asheville Savings Bank; Keith Johnson, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones; Lorin Page, Business and Taxation Law ,Strauss Attorneys; and Nancy Keswani, retired corporate marketing professional.

My first full program year as the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Literacy Council came to a close on June 30, 2017. It was an awe inspiring year to say the least. I continue to be amazed at the length and dedication of service given by our volunteers, tutors, and board members. Our students' endurance and courage have been inspirational.

Judy Hansen has provided Blue Ridge Literacy Council with a decade of service, first as a tutor and then a Board Member. As she concludes her time of service with us, we are grateful for her past leadership.

Judy shared with us what it has meant to volunteer with the Literacy Council over the last decade.

In Judy's words:

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council is excited to announce that we are seeking to host an Americorps Member through the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) North Carolina Literacy Corps for 2017-2018. SCALE is a program that seeks to mobilize and support college students and campus-based programs to address the literacy needs of this country.

Our new program, the Family Literacy Collaborative, has been featured in the Hendersonville Times-News. Via our partnership with Smart Start of Henderson County, we aim to boost the English literacy skills of Latina mothers with children ages 0-5.