Quota International of East Memphis
Quota International of East Memphis volunteered at the opening reception of the newly established Deaf Family Literacy Academy. After months of hard work on the part of Sonia Howley, Program Director, and many others, Memphis received a $70,000 grant from Volunteer America to provide mentors to assist families of hearing-impaired children.
The goal of the Deaf Family Literacy Academy is to train parents to be their child’s first teacher, and to actively participate in their child’s education. Mentors help both parents and children improve their sign language skills, teach literacy strategies, and increase visual and listening comprehension skills. Connie Robinson, of QI East Memphis, is a mentor to one of the families in the Academy.
For many years, Quota International of Memphis has raised funds to provide services for the hearing-impaired community of Memphis. We give scholarships to help hearing-impaired students continue their education, grants to their teachers for special projects, books for elementary-aged students. The children in the total communication program receive books that include signed English.
For the Literacy Academy reception Quota provided food, child care, and participated in the program. We also donated an age appropriate book and a bookmark to each child enrolled in the program.