Newscard April 2015

Posted on Apr 03, 2015 | 0 comments

The closer to Memorial Day/week, the spelling bee study becomes more intent with the Round 2 words arriving April 7.  Until that time Carson and his word coach, Mr. Eric, continue to study the words from Spell It!  Thanks to Mathews Memorial Library for making room for the word study.  **  Remember if you sew or know someone who does, this is the time to make an apron for the annual  Apron Silent Auction @ The Courthouse Restaurant from now until May 11 when the Blue Ribbon will be awarded to the person making the apron that earns the highest bid.  Tell your friends about this fundraising project … everyone needs an apron!  **  Support and attend the Daffodil Festival, April 11 – 12.  ** Adult Literacy is looking for 5 senior citizens who want to improve their reading skills.  ALMP has tutors and great material for our seniors.  If you know someone who wants to improve his/her reading, call (804-210-9169) to make an appointment.  **  The meetings for the month:  GCRC: 04/01, Daffodil Festival: 04/11-12 … reminder: Main Street Ctr. Library is closed 04/11, 04/16: MCRC, BAH: 04/16 @ Bayport CU, ALMP – BoD: 04/21@6:00 PM Room 2 @ GCL, MMD: 04/23, MIH: 04/24 – Fundraising Boards, BAAM: 04/30.  **  Thanks for what you do and remember to tell your friends and family about our work.  **  The best way to reach ALMP is by phone; call 804-210-9169.

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Newscard December 2014

Posted on Dec 01, 2014 | 0 comments

Congratulations to Aziz!  He will take his Oath of Allegiance on December 5 at the Colonial Capital.  What a great day for him!  **  Have you made your Christmas stocking for the “Sewing for Literacy” which is the silent auction that is being held at the Courthouse Restaurant until December 20th**  Another fundraising event is being held on December 13th (11 AM – 4PM) at Gloucester Toyota Scion.  There will be vendors with all sorts of merchandise for sale and raffles.  There will be the Renaissance Spa Day Package ($300.00) available as a raffle.  Tell your friends, come by and buy raffle tickets with all proceeds going to support ALMP.  Bring a toy for the Toys for Tots and fill the truck to provide the kids of the area with a merry Christmas.  **  The school level spelling bee was held in November at THMS with Tyler Price spelling the winning word, meager.  Next on the road to Washington, DC for the National Scripps Spelling Bee is the District Bee that has been rescheduled for January 2015.  (The exact date, place and time TBA.)  20 spellers representing THMS will begin the week of December 1st meeting at the MML on Wednesday afternoons (as well as studying independently) to prepare for the next BEE.

The District Bee will use the graded word list and the Spell It booklet as sources for the majority of the words in that BEE.   The 10 best spellers from the District Bee will advance to the Regional Bee, February 28, 2015 at the West Mathews Civic League in Bohannon. **  Meetings for the month:  12/03: GCRC, 12/16: BoD @ GL, Rm. 2, 12/18: MCRC.  Fundraising events:  12/13@ Gloucester Toyota Scion Toys for Tots and vendor sales and raffles to benefit ALMP and the ongoing silent auction “ Christmas Stockings” at Courthouse Restaurant, 12/21 (12 – 7:00 PM) and 12/22 (11:00 – 7:00): Gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble in New Town (Wmsbg.) for donations. **  Please remember the GL will begin their holiday hours on December 21; check their closing hour.  **  ALMP will be on vacation December 24 -  January 4.   Enjoy the holidays!

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Newscard November 2014

Posted on Nov 03, 2014 | 0 comments

Thomas Hunter Middle School has done a great job recruiting participants for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  24 students have completed the registration process and it is expected that more students will turn their forms in soon.  The first official bee will be held on November 20th @ 1:00 PM @ THMS.  The school bee will be followed by the District Bee on

December 18th and the Gloucester-Mathews Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on February 28th. ****  The Christmas stocking event, Sewing for Literacy, has begun!.  The stockings will be on display at the Courthouse Restaurant beginning November 28th until December 20th.  Whatever your material of choice is, (fabric, yarn, paper, duct tape) the Blue Ribbons will be awarded for best design, most unique and highest bid.  You are encouraged to “do your thing” and produce a stocking to help ALMP raise funds to continue its free, 1-2-1 tutor program to help the adults in Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex Counties improve their basic educational skills.  Call ALMP (804-210-9169) if you have questions.  ****  Aziz has successfully completed all the steps needed to become an American citizen; he is waiting for the date when he takes his Oath of Allegiance.  ****  The meetings continue at this busy time of year.  For November:  MMD – 11/03, GCRC – 11/05, MIH – 11/14, BoD – 11/18,

 MCRC – 11/20, BAH11/20.  Special notes:  The library is closed: November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and closes at 5:00 PM on November 26 through November 28 for Thanksgiving. ****  Remember to tell your friends and family about the work that ALMP does.  ALMP has open enrollment and is a year around program.  ****  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Newscard October 2014

Posted on Oct 01, 2014 | 0 comments

The spelling bee registration is open until October 15 at the early registration price of $130; from October 16 – December 12 the fee is $205.00.  Will there be a BEE this year?  Only time will tell as no schools have reg- istered as of this date.  There are Parents’ Meetings planned for Oct.8, Rm.

2 at the Gloucester Library and Oct. 9 in the John Warren Cooke Room at the MML.  Everyone who may have a student interested in spelling is encouraged to attend to find out more information about the Scripps Bee. ****  On October 8th from 1 – 5 here will be tutor training in Rm. 2 @ the Gloucester Library.  Jason Guard from Essential Education will share information regarding that series and the new GED Test. Delores Breen from the Gloucester Library will show tutors the program on the library website to help students prepare for the GED.  All tutors are welcome to come; call 804-210-9169 to register.  ***  Time to begin sewing (or knit- ting) those Christmas stockings that will be for sale at the Courthouse Restaurant after Thanksgiving through Christmas.  ****  Aziz has his last interview on October 29th for his citizenship.  ****Meetings for the month: MCRC: Oct. 16 @ 9AM,  BOD: Oct. 21@ 6PM Rm. 2 @ GL, MMD Oct. 22@

6PM.    ****  For those who are ready to try the new GED Test for free, the offer is still available until October 10.  Call for an appointment!  ****  Thanks, David, for referring your friend! ****   

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Newscard September 2014

Posted on Sep 01, 2014 | 0 comments

This is it … SPELLING BEE time.  The Mathews Market Days Student Bee is Saturday morning, September 6 at 11:00 AM in the Colonial Court House in the midst of the MMD activities; the adult spelling bee will take place at the same location at 2:00 PM.  THEN on September 8ALMP will kick off the SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE for all public, private and home-schooled students.  Enrollment in the Scripps bee is by school and/or home-school group.  For information about enrollment in the Scripps National Spelling Bee go to or call (804-210-9169) ALMP.  It is important to note that the early enrollment period ends October 16 (price $130.00) for public and private schools.  (Home-school groups have a different enrollment cost.)  ****  Several students have enrolled during the summer to begin their GED studies and have discovered the new GED is very different and difficult.  There are two sources at your finger tips available to assist you in your studies.  Go to for all the information needed about the new GED and also check out the Gloucester Library’s program on their website. and then on the left side, click on: Resources, Web links, Education then scroll and click on Learning Express, click on All Centers then High School Equivalency Center.  These computer suggestions are in addition to the tutoring offered by ALMP.  ****  Fundraising is paramount to ALMP’s program.  Help us at the Christmas Stocking Store which will be held at the Courthouse Restaurant beginning the day after Thanksgiving.  Sew or knit your favorite pattern into a stocking that will receive bids for purchase.  You don’t sew.  Think these two words … DUCT TAPE!  When you are ready to begin your stocking, watch the video on duct tape crafts, right there on your computer.   ****  BoD meeting on September 16 @ 6:00 PM in Room 2 at the Gloucester Library.  ****  See you at Mathews Market Days! 

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Newscard August 2014

Posted on Aug 03, 2014 | 0 comments

There are no “lazy days of summer” on the calendar for August so please put on your track shoes and join us as ALMP participates in the Summer Nights Market on Wednesday, August 6th at Carriage Court.  We’ll be there to sell Domino’s Pizza coupons and offer samples as we share the information about the Mathews Market Days Spelling Bees:  the Student Bee will be on Saturday, September 6 @ 11:00 and then the fundraising, Spelling for Literacy, when adult teams ($125.00 registration fee) compete to take possession of the travelling BEE trophy for the year.  Remember this is the BEE when a team has the option of buying its way back into the BEE, with a little help (paying the fines) from their friends.  Spelling for Literacy will also take place in the Colonial Courthouse at 2:00 that same afternoon.  Also plan to get more information about the Scrabble Tournament / Ice Cream Social / Music Fest on August 16th at the West Mathews Civic League in Bohannon.  Know someone who wants to improve their reading skills? A call to 804-210-9169 to make an appointment is the first step.

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Newscard June 2014

Posted on Jul 01, 2014 | 0 comments

He went, he spelled, and he was pleased with his performance! That is Jeffrey Cho’s summation of his week at the National Scripps Spelling Bee. ALMP is also proud of Jeffrey for the work that he and his word coach (Jenny) put in studying for the BEE and the answers he gave at the BEE. Good job, Jeffrey!

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Newscard March 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

This is the month of spelling bees!  Caleb, the first student winner of the Mathews Market Days student spelling bee, will be off to Long Beach, CA on the 7th to participate in the National Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 9th.  ALMP conducted fundraising and community people made donations to make Caleb’s participation possible.  Thanks to Linda’s Diner and the community people for their support.  Thanks to Anita for being Caleb’s word coach!  We’ll be anxious to hear the results.  And … six days later (March 15th) is the Gloucester-Mathews Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at the historic West Mathews Community League.  Join us to find out which student will go to the National Scripps Spelling Bee at the end of May. 

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November 2013 Newscard

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October 2013 Newscard

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