Judith, who is 40 years old, grew up in Rwanda and learned to speak and read in French, which is the native language of the country. War forced her to flee when she was 18, first to the Republic of Congo and after that to Tanzania where she stayed for 17 years in a refugee camp. There she learned Swahili. Her husband is from Burundi, so she learned his language, too. Six years ago, they emigrated to the United Sates where she then learned English by attending ESL (English as a Second Language) classes offered through the Jefferson City Public School Adult classes. ESL referred her to the ABLE program for one-on-one tutoring for help in pursuing her GED, which she obtained, and then went on to attend college level nursing classes. She continues to work with an ABLE tutor for help with her course work. She has done all of this while working full time – night shifts mostly – so that in the daytime hours she can be with her seven children and have time to study.
FAITH INSPIRES WOMEN TO LEARN TO READ
By Olivia Ingle email@example.com
Words of Psalms 23 drifted through a living room on Knipp Drive. Ninety-three-year-old Luvenia Washington sat on a blue couch, a Bible open on her lap. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want,” Washington read aloud. When she finished, Marcia Ramatowski, sitting on a couch across the room, wiped tears from her eyes. READ MORE...
MAN SAYS 'THANK YOU' TO AMERICA BY CELEBRATING HIS FIRST FOURTH AS CITIZEN
By Michelle Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
The United States has been good to Manuel Andrade. The best way he knew to show his appreciation was to become a citizen. "Citizenship says, 'Thank you, America,'" Andrade said. This spring, Andrade swiftly completed his citizenship test, thanks in part to Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE), particularly his tutor, Frank Stork. READ MORE...
6TH GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUCCESSES WITH THEIR ABLE TUTORS AT THE END OF THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR -
All students tutored in the program made progress and the majority exceeded their goal of reading on grade level. ABLE volunteers feel they get as much if not more out of working with the students and will look forward to the 2016-2017 school year.