A Student Shares Her Secret
At Our Annual Celebration
The following article was recently published in The Pilot.
At the Moore County Literacy Council’s student-tutor annual pot luck dinner celebration a student shared these words that she had written this year:
“I’m writing about myself and others walking around with a secret. It is called illiteracy. I’m able to understand things now that I have been going to school, so I advise people to let the secret out and tell someone who can help you. I have been dealing with this secret for years.
"Now it feels good to read a newspaper and know what it is saying. I’m not ashamed anymore to let others know my secret because I have learned how to understand things. If I don’t understand, I’m not afraid to ask my teacher.
“Years ago I realized that this was a secret of mine that I wasn’t scared to admit. Some people look down on others that have this secret. But they never know the story behind why people hide it. Some kids are hungry; some get bullied; some have problems at home; some can have problems with the teacher… you just don’t know. I advise people to let the secret out and not worry about what others have to say.
“I thank the people who have been there helping me with my secret. I’m proud to let this out and deal with this. I learn something new every day.”
More than 140 tutors, students and family members gathered at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall on Aug. 12 to celebrate the completion of MCLC’s school year heard her words. Many students said it was their story also. These are the people the volunteers at the Literacy Council serve every day.
The award ceremony was introduced by student , Jeffrey Redmond, who read a poem, “Open a Book.”
Executive Director Beth Daniels and MCLC Board chairman Sandy Waterkotte awarded certificates of achievement and improvement to the students.
Needle point bookmarks, hand-crafted by the Sandhills Needlers Guild, were distributed to each student.
One hundred and thirty-seven students were served by MCLC from July 1, 2013 through June 30 of this year. One hundred and one were enrolled in the one-on-one tutoring program. All of these students met at least one of their personal goals.
Thirty four percent of the students completed one or more levels. This is a gain of two to three years in reading. Two students improved two levels and one three levels. Certificates were awarded to one student who completed the ESL (English as a Second Language) program and to one student who completed the ABE (Adult Basic Education) program.
In addition, this year, one of the students, Celeste McInnis, reached her goal to become a U.S. citizen.
Moore County Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring services for adults who would like to learn to read, read better and /or speak English.
“If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call (910) 692-5954,” says Daniels.
There will be tutor training held beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9 and continuing each Tuesday through Sept. 30.
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