Updates & Stories

March 31, 2020


The uncertain feelings many of us have are felt especially intensely by our families in Clarkston who are struggling to understand the recommendations or changing rules regarding “social distancing,” “shelter in place,” and other unfamiliar terms. This uncertainty is what led to the text above from one of our students,

“Teacher, what do I need to do?”

You can read our full update and newsletter HERE.

December 4, 2019

"Our success in teaching and learning languages, of course, is directly tied to the community being formed and nurtured in our school. Isn't this the most basic reason we learn language - to communicate with and connect with others? Our students want to learn English in order to go about life in the United States. But even more fundamentally, I think, they want friendship and connection and closeness with the ones they love. And this is something we all want - and what makes our work in Clarkston suc...

November 25, 2019

What could be a more fun way to celebrate our Community Partners theme than with a visit from the City of Clarkston Police Dept?! The children LOVED getting to talk with the kind officers and sit in the police car. Thank you for your generous time and service!

November 22, 2019

 We were absolutely blown away by the Family Field Day hosted by our friends at @Createthebigpicture! They organized, setup and beautifully executed a fun event for the refugee families in our program. The day included games, cookie decorating, sports, a lego table, fingernail and face painting, pizza, and so much more! A memorable time was had by all who attended 💜💜

Beautiful photo courtesy of TerryGrangerPhotography.com

June 4, 2019

Refugee Family Literacy Program in Clarkston is seeking an early childhood development/family literacy teacher to join our dynamic team of educators. RFL is a unique family literacy program that provides early childhood education to children ages 0-5 while their mothers study English on site plus daily family literacy sessions with mothers and children together.

The mission of this position is to care for and support the early development and language acquisition of young children, help parents teach/...

May 9, 2019

ESOL/Family Literacy Teacher - Refugee Family Literacy Program

Refugee Family Literacy Program (Friends of Refugees) in Clarkston is seeking an ESOL/family literacy teacher to join our team. Refugee Family Literacy is a unique family literacy program that provides early childhood education to children ages 0-5 while their mothers study English onsite as well as daily Parent and Child Together (PACT) sessions. 

This position coordinates with the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, an organizati...

January 11, 2019

A New Year - A New School! 

We are thrilled to have welcomed students back in 2019 at both school sites - Memorial Drive and the Clarkston Community Center. Students and teachers were so happy to see each other again! We're looking forward to a great year together.

December 19, 2018

What a fun night visiting the Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! It was a beautiful evening, and we hope to make this a RFL holiday tradition!

November 27, 2018

Friends of RFL! This #givingtuesday consider giving the gifts of literacy, hope and education in honor of your friends and family.   GIVE HERE!

Give a bundle of books, emergency relief funds or school supplies for the women and children in our program. There is also opportunity to make a direct donation towards our immediate needs or purchase an item from our Wish List.

Your gifts, support and time make a huge difference in our community! 💜

November 23, 2018

Check out our Fall 2018 newsletter that highlights moments from our incredible semester, along with updates on our Clarkston Community Center space!

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Refugee Family Literacy is a program of Friends of Refugees, an organization that exists to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education, and employment.
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