Local Author, Kate Whouley
donates $250.00 to CCLC
“…often humorous and always compassionate…Whouley is a smooth navigator.” – USA Today
That’s how USA Today describes Kate Whouley’s book, Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words.
In recognition of her latest work, Kate recently received the New England Book Award for nonfiction by the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Along with the accolade came a gift of $250.00.
Kate acknowledged that donating the gift to the Cape Cod Literacy Council (CCLC) would be a fitting tribute to her mother, the subject of her book. Meeting with Kathryn Carpenter, CCLC Program Director and handing her the check was truly a ‘full circle’ moment for Kate. Her mother was an English teacher and drama coach. She encouraged Kate’s love of reading and as Kate says, “Reading, I was in training to become a writer.”
Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words is about Kate’s relationship with her mother and focuses on Alzheimer’s. However Kate is quick to point out, “It is not about an illness, but about a healing.”
Kate is also the author of Cottage for Sale, Must be Moved.
For more information about Kate, visit www.katewhouley.com.
THANK YOU, KATE!
As a volunteer, you are helping these students become more involved and be a part of our community.” – Rafi Chaprut, 2011 Massachusetts Literacy Champion. After he saw an ad for the Literacy Council volunteer tutor workshop in the Cape Cod Times, Rafi took the class and soon started volunteering. He became a ‘One To One’ tutor and started assisting in the Community College ACCCESS (Adult Collaborative of Cape Cod for Education and Support Services) classrooms. During this time, he realized there was also a real need for students to practice simple, every day dialogue and now leads his own ‘conversation’ class. The class builds confidence in all aspect of the student’s life. “It’s a challenge for some of these people to even take these classes, but they are very motivated,” says Rafi. “They come to class, many after a long day of work. They break from their small environments to learn and respond positively to the tutoring.” Rafi was born in Turkey and moved to Israel. He met his wife, Martha at College when he traveled to the states to continue his studies. Rafi has a mathematics and computer background and retired a few years ago from a Boston investment firm. “I never realized my background would take me where I am today. If it’s your time to volunteer, put in a little effort and you can do whatever you want and also gain the rewards from your volunteer efforts.
“I want to express my appreciation to the ACCESS program for helping me to accomplish my goal. As a single parent of four, I have sometimes found it had to be quite challenging. This program has offered me the opportunity to learn English and therefore obtain a certificate of completion to become and EKG technician. Without the ESL class, I believe I would not have been able to accomplish this task. I pray to God to keep this program running so more people can do as I have done. I am currently attending Level “2” English class. I hope to go to the next level and continue even further. With my sincere thanks to everyone, May God bless. Roselor Achiffa”