WEST LAWN, PA – A single mother of three who recently completed her GED exam and is headed to college will be among those honored on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 6 p.m. during the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks’ annual dinner at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Shillington, Pa. After the dinner, awards will be presented to students and the Tutor of the Year.
The Literacy Council honors students, tutors, and volunteers for their achievement and dedication throughout the year. The awards are a way to formally honor those whose achievements and dedication are noteworthy.
Celina Sandoval will be among those honored this year. Celina is a single mother of three who works full-time and has been attending high school equivalency classes since September 2016. She recently completed the GED exam and earned her high school diploma. Celina plans to start college in the fall, on a part-time basis, studying business administration.
The Literacy Council is celebrating its 49th year of providing exceptional adult literacy services in Berks County. Since 1968, the Literacy Council has helped thousands of adults improve their reading, writing, math, and English-language skills. However, there are still approximately 90,000 adults in Berks County who need to develop sufficient literacy skills to become self-reliant in today’s world.
The mission of the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks is to help people better communicate, collaborate and contribute to their workplace and community. Current programs include one-on-one tutoring, classes for English as a Second Language and citizenship preparation, workforce development training, high school equivalency preparation, English Forward training to create more ESL classes in the community, and other services. The Literacy Council’s vision is to eradicate illiteracy in Berks County by teaching people the vital reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills needed to improve their quality of life and enable more productive employment and community citizenship.