Health literacy/Read and seed

Health literacy

Join us for our free weekly health literacy class to learn helpful tips for managing your family’s health. Topics include nutrition, wellness, and exercise basics.  

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
420 E. Alcott St. 
In person and online 
On December 7 & December 14, WMED students will be here to help us learn how to navigate the healthcare system. Learn about important information like choosing a doctor and a health insurance plan. Contact Kamaria at (269) 382-0490 ext. 263 or [email protected] to sign up for these free classes. 

Meet the student instructors:

Skyler Ketteler: I’m from Portage, MI. I’m a first-year medical student at WMed here in Kalamazoo and want to become a surgeon. I wanted to become a doctor because they have a unique opportunity to use the newest knowledge and technology to make a difference in patient care.  

Jack Kane: I’m currently an M1 student at WMed. I am originally from a small town south of Denver called Castle Rock, Colorado. I attended The University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in 2020 with a degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. I decided to pursue a career in medicine because of my grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Additionally, I have a desire to reciprocate the same great care I’ve received back to my future patients. In my free time, I enjoy watching football, hockey, golf, and F1 racing, as well as exploring the amenities and activities Michigan has to offer.

community garden & interpretive learning center

Read and Seed blends Health Literacy and Parent Literacy into a fun and engaging program where participants learn about:

  • Growing fruits and vegetables  
  • Healthy and delicious recipes 
  • Fun, food-related family activities

Read and Seed is free and open to all KLC learners. Parents are encouraged to attend Family Literacy Days with their children so they can learn together. We will have fun with tips and strategies for keeping families living healthier lives. 

In the garden, we’re growing beans, strawberries, corn, lettuce, spinach, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, chives, and zucchini. We even have sunflowers and a butterfly garden! Browse the photo gallery below. 

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Read and Seed Family Literacy Day (City of Kalamazoo)

family literacy days

Family Literacy Days will be back for the 2024 season! From May – November, we host monthly gatherings in the community garden. Families enjoy fun and creative activities designed for all ages. Our special focus on multi-generational literacy means parents and kids will love learning together about everything from gardening, to healthy eating, to wellness and of course, reading & writing skills. 

In case of rain, main activities will take place indoors in the Adult Education and Training wing inside Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan.  

Browse below for more photos. 

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Kalamazoo Literacy Council is a member organization of ProLiteracy. 

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