Literacy efforts planned in Hood River

News staff writer

May 14

Two literacy-based groups are expanding their efforts in the community.

* Gorge Literacy is looking for patient, open-minded, reliable individuals to train as volunteer adult literacy tutors.

The two-day tutor training in Hood River starts May 21 and finishes on June 4. The training is from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch, at the Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River Center.

Led by an experienced trainer, trainees will explore the reasons why adult learners enter into literacy programs, how adults differ from child learners, what are some of the cultural differences and learning styles that may affect tutoring, how to assess a learner’s needs and work together to set attainable goals, and techniques for working with native English speakers and English as a Second Language students.

To register, please call Susan Lewis, Adult Literacy Coordinator, at (541) 296-6182 ext. 3250, or e-mail: There is no charge for the training. Registration deadline is May 19.

* SMART — Start Making A Reader Today is a community-based program that helps develop reading skills among selected children in kindergarten through the third grade. SMART will expand to all elementary schools in the Hood River County School District in 2005-06, and plans a Scrabble Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Entry fee is $25, and participants are asked to gather pledges based on points scored over a total of four games. All proceeds go to Hood River County SMART program. Entry deadline is May 25, limit 40 players, plus a children’s division ($10 entry) if enough players 14 and under are interested. Call Kirby at 386-1234, or e-mail: if you are interested, and see the May 18 edition for details.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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