Happy 104th Birthday Ruth Colvin!

Ruth Colvin

Help us grant Ruth's 104th birthday wish.

Ruth’s special wish is for every adult learner to have access to the best-trained tutors.

For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy and its founding organizations have worked to empower and create options for low-level learners by building the capabilities of the literacy service providers who assist them. Last year, ProLiteracy’s national network of literacy providers served 245,000 students who wanted to make better lives for themselves and their families. But, more trained tutors are needed to assist the millions of adults that still need help improving their literacy and English language skills.

Please help make Ruth’s 104th birthday wish come true, and consider making a gift to support the next generation of learners and the literacy champions who will serve them.

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To Celebrate Ruth, the Read Santa Clara Adult Literacy Program created “Live Life Fully: The Gift of Three Little Words from Ruth Johnson Colvin,” a collection of Ruth’s three little words. In honor of Ruth, use this book to engage with your learners—share it with your classes, ask students to choose a favorite phrase, and talk about why it’s their favorite.

Watch Ruth Colvin receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Watch the live Q&A with Ruth Colvin, recorded December 17, 2018.