Longtime Pearland Contributor Receives Honors
Dale Pillow, a long-time community volunteer and contributor and Executive Director of the Adult Reading Center, was recently honored by City Council with a proclamation naming a Dale Pillow Day as well as a naming of the Children’s Activity Room at the Tom Reid Library the "Dale Pillow Children’s Storytime/Activity Center".
Dale Pillow is a founding member of the Adult Reading Center and has served as its President & CEO since 2001. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with a B.A. degree majoring in English and minoring in Psychology.
Dale’s volunteer roles in the community bring focus to adult literacy. These include actively serving on the Board of Directors for Literacy Texas since 2002. She served as President of that Board from 2006 to 2008. Dale has also served on the Advisory Board of the Clearinghouse Project for Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning at Texas A&M, Program Advisory Committee for ProLiteracy, the national coalition of non-profit literacy providers, the Advisory Board of the Child Development Council of Brazoria County, the Advisory Board of the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance and the Advisory Board of Keep Pearland Beautiful.
During her tenure as CEO of the Adult Reading Center, she has more than doubled the number of students served, the number of programs offered has been expanded, successful collaborations have been established, and the budget has been increased five-fold. Over the last 23 years, Pillow has worked side by side with ARC staff members and a team of volunteers. As a group they have contributed roughly 16,545 instructional student hours to promote ARC literacy programs. Approximately 7,400 students have received literacy training and support from ARC. As leader of the ARC, Pillow has worn many different hats such as Tutor (1987-2010), Tutor Trainer (1987-2001) and Grant Writer (1998-2001). She has been a member of the ARC Board of Directors for roughly 14 years and served as Board President from 1989 to 1990.
Pillow has also worked extensively with other community organizations and received many awards for her dedication and hard work. In 2005, she was given the Citizen of the Year Award by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she was elected President of the Board of Directors of Literacy Texas, the statewide coalition of literacy providers in 2006. The Mayor of Houston appointed her to the Houston READ Commission Board of Directors in 2010.