Sunday, December 13, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Kenosha WI :: Springfield OH :: Henderson NC :: Delaware Co PA

Literacy Council to celebrate 50th anniversary
Kenosha News: 11.09.2015 by Heather Larson Poyner

Susana Jamaica loves to read. Her recent favorite books are “The Hunger Games” and “I Am Malala.”

A native Spanish speaker, not long ago she would have been unable to read these in English.

When Jamaica came to Kenosha from Mexico with her young son in January 2013, she knew virtually no English. Today she is a quality assurance manager at Calumet Meats, attends classes at Gateway Technical College and spends her free time finding new books to read at the library.

For Maria Dewsbury, all learning is exciting. Each week she relishes classes, tutoring and a book club held at the Kenosha Literacy Council, 2419 63rd St. “It’s a wonderful place ... so magical. I just can’t get away,” she said.

Jamaica and Dewsbury are award-winning learners. On Saturday, they will recognized at the Kenosha Literacy Council’s 50th anniversary celebration at 5:30 p.m. at the Kenosha Country Club, 500 13th Ave. Jamaica will be honored as English Language Learner of the Year, Dewsbury as Adult Literacy Learner of the Year.

Role model

For the past five years, Dewsbury has worked with KLC tutors, has participated in numerous classes and a book club.

“Maria is now a role model and leader for other students at the council,” KLC executive director Cheryl Hernandez said.

Dewsbury, 52, who works as delivery supervisor for the Kenosha News, came to the United States from Spain 25 years ago. She began learning English 13 years ago.

Attending the KLC offerings opened a new world to her, she said. She particularly enjoys sharing perspectives with newcomers from other countries.

“I’m continually learning,” she said.  READ MORE !


Biz Times: 11.12.2015 by Erica Breunlin

Other honorees included Gwen Cottman, a recently retired DCLC instructor who taught evening GED classes at the Literacy Council for 30 years. Cottman was introduced at the event by one of her former students, Betty Vick Dorsey. Dorsey praised Cottman as someone with “the ability to persevere through anything” and someone who helped her to achieve “something I had been waiting 50 years for”—her GED. Cottman, in turn, praised all of her students throughout the years for juggling their adult responsibilities and still pressing on with their studies. “I’m so proud of them,” she said.  READ MORE !

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