Redlands Daily Facts: 4.09.2014 by Laurie Williams, Correspondent
The six children of Ana Maria Castro have done very well academically, despite the fact that their mother has struggled with reading and writing since her own school days in Mexico.
Two of her children will receive their master’s degrees this spring. Another works for Esri in Redlands and one is a teacher. Her youngest son is in college preparing to be a physical therapist and her youngest daughter is a 10th-grader at Redlands East Valley High.
“My first goal was for my family,” said Castro, who for two years has received tutoring through the Redlands Adult Literacy Program. “Then, when my youngest went to high school, I said, ‘It’s now my turn,’ and I found my lovely teacher.”
Castro’s teacher is Trudy Waldron, one of two volunteer coordinators who match tutors with learners – there are currently about 65 learners in the program, run through A.K. Smiley Public Library and the Friends of the Library – and also serve as tutors themselves.
“Ana Maria is such a hardworking woman,” Waldron said. “She stayed back and encouraged her children in their learning, and modeled the importance of getting an education.”
Waldron and Castro found a connection right away, Waldron said: Before she retired, she taught one of Castro’s children at Kingsbury Elementary School.
The group has a fundraiser coming up May 8 at the Redlands Footlighters Theater. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a wine and appetizer reception in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m., a door-prize opportunity and the 8 p.m. performance of the Footlighters’ current show, “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
Tickets are available by calling the Adult Literacy Program at 909-798-7565, ext. 4138, or by sending a check to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program, A. K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St. Redlands, CA 92373. Checks should be made payable to Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library and reference Footlighters. READ MORE !