Literacy Volunteers helps change students' lives
More than 175 staunch supporters of Literacy Volunteers on the Green gathered recently for the nonprofit organization's annual Celebration of Literacy.
Among the highlights was a talk by student Sylvia Osdranus, who emphasized how LVG has helped her and her children to achieve their goals after moving here from Ecuador.
"Thanks to LVG, I learned that it is never too late to get an education," she said. "My tutor has helped me accomplish one of the most important dreams of my life."
Osdranus is attending Naugatuck Valley Community College to obtain a degree in accounting and English as a second language.
"My family and I have been blessed with the opportunity to be part of LVG," she added. "LVG not only dedicates their time to teach immigrants from all over to world to speak, read and write English. They also encourage and support people's dreams."
"It is because of their love, hard work and dedication." Osdranus remarked, "that families like mine are able to achieve their dreams. For all that, my family and I would like to thank the entire LVG family."
For the past eight years, Literacy Volunteers on the Green has addressed the plight of adults in northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties who struggle with low literacy.
It accomplishes this by training literate adults to work with other adults using a proven curriculum and tailoring instruction to meet individual workplace and personal needs.
LVG's students come from all over the world -- Korea, Myanmar, Guatemala, China, Brazil and the Ukraine, to name a few.
Some are Americans, residents who are functionally illiterate in spite of having grown up here and with a need to improve reading and writing skills.
More than 70 percent of LVG's students are women who see a direct connection between their own literacy and that of their children.
In response to their needs, Literacy Volunteers on the Green has created a family literacy program that helps parents learn to read English-language books to their children using the Imagination Library Books available through the United Way of Western Connecticut.
It is also part of the Connecticut Humanities Council's Family Read program, which is designed for parents of all socioeconomic and educational levels to encourage reading.
For more information, visit www.lvg-ct.org or call 860-355-0830.
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