Learning Center Celebration : : Carlsbad Library
Learning Connection: July/August 2015
Approximately 80 tutors, learners, family and friends enjoyed Literacy Services’ annual celebration held June 7 at the Senior Center. This event was to congratulate our literacy learners on their accomplishments, recognize our volunteer tutors for their outstanding dedication and thank the City and Library leaders for their support.
The program started with a slide show of our accomplishments during the year created by Judy, followed by remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Blackburn and Council Member Schumacher.
Tutors and learners then shared what the program means to them. A highlight of the program was when learner Ramon G.’s adult daughter spoke about how important literacy programs are to break the cycle of illiteracy. (She is a straight-A student in school studying to become a special education teacher.)
Light refreshments and cake followed the program.
Statistics shared at the event:
During the past fiscal year, volunteers contributed over 12,000 hours of their time helping learners reach their goals. Currently, 71 tutor/learner pairs meet twice per week to work on reading, writing, and computer skills.
Learners set and achieved a range of goals, from reading an entire book for the first time to helping their children with homework.
These skills lead to personal success that, in turn, creates a stronger community. Nearly half of the learners met a job-related goal, such as getting a job, which contributes to strengthening the local economy.