Updates & Stories

November 6, 2018

We are excited for our student Amena who became a U.S. citizen this summer and voted for the first time today, accompanied by her teacher Karen! We are grateful to Amena's community of support, including our citizenship tutor Nancy, teachers Carrie, Deanna, Melissa, Yasmine, Susan, Rajaa, Rosen, Manal, Aaida, Elena, Dana, and more!) who nurtured her 3 wonderful children while she studied, and Karen, Anna, and Caroline who taught her English and citizenship these past three years. Amena is one of at l...

July 24, 2018

The Refugee Family Literacy Program has been a partner with the Eat. Move. Talk! Program at the Georgia Department of Public Health since its inception. Eat. Move. Talk! aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and language rich conversations for children zero to five years-old in three target communities: Dalton, Clarkston and Valdosta. Find the full blog post HERE.

February 18, 2018

Another program in Clarkston, Georgia, called the Refugee Family Literacy Program, offers English classes designed for mothers and their small children of age 5 and under. While mothers are attending the English classes, their young children go through an early childhood development program.42 The program also has a component that brings mothers and children together for activities and another component that teaches mothers life skills. The Refugee Family Literacy Program uses volunteers from the ref...

December 8, 2017

KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) teamed up with the DeKalb Library Foundation (DLF) to give the gift of literacy this holiday season to refugee and immigrant families who participate in our program!

Find the full article from Atlanta INTOWN here:


July 14, 2017

Registration for Fall classes continues next

Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 18 from 10:00-12:30pm

Come to the Church Street school to pick up a registration form and an appointment time for English testing. We are excited to welcome all new and returning students!

July 9, 2017

Al Jazeera's very first audio unit broadcast is about our school! Thanks to the wonderful Alyssa Kapnik Samuel for capturing the sights and sounds of our school so beautifully.


March 18, 2017

The Year of Kindness project received recognition on 3Ten, the Decatur High School’s official student media outlet, which noted that Little Shop of Stories was instrumental in getting publishers to donate more than 500 new books to a refugee family literacy center in Clarkston.

Find the full article HERE.

February 27, 2017


CNN spent a day with us recently to learn about our work. Click here to see the interview!

May 31, 2016

English school gives refugee mothers and their young children an opportunity to build community and a sense of belonging and helps reduce barriers for inclusion among this often overlooked group.  Find the full article from Welcoming America here:


December 21, 2015

 Find the article published by The Atlantic HERE.

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