Literacy Volunteers on the Green celebrate citizenship
Six new United States citizens were among the students and tutors recognized at Literacy Volunteers on the Green’s annual Thanksgiving student and tutor recognition celebration held at St. John’s Episcopal Church hall in New Milford.
New U.S. citizens are Felipe Ginin and Maria Irene Giraldo of Danbury, Marta Pulgarin and Rosa Zapata of New Milford, Andres Sanchez of Sherman and Rosario Davila of Kent.
Tutor Ann Vallombroso of New Milford was honored with the organization’s Founders’ Award for her volunteer work as a tutor of both English as a second language and citizenship.
“I want to extend my sincere thanks to this program and all of the tutors that work with such dedication, effort, and selfless support,” said student speaker Carmen Salazar of Danbury.
“They certainly teach us more than English. They help us to navigate this new environment, much like the time when the Pilgrims came to this country and the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to survive,” Salazar said.
“ In the same way we thank you for motivating us to progress, to become more confident in ourselves, to be independent and most importantly to be able to communicate,” the student said.
LVG is a nonprofit organization funded through grants and donations which provides free literacy and English as a second language (ESL) instruction to adults in 16 towns in Western Connecticut.
For information, call 860-355-0830.