Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth

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Previous Evenings of Recognition:
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001


Evening of Recognition
June 18, 2009

          On the evening of June 18, 2009, friends, well-wishers, program participants, and staff gathered at Plimoth Plantation to honor the Literacy Program’s volunteer tutors, classroom teachers, students, and GED graduates. The Literacy Program at the Plymouth Public Library holds this annual recognition event to show its appreciation to all those who participate in the program’s activities.  This year was even more special because the program is celebrating 20 years of dedication to adult literacy.


          The Literacy Committee members greeted people with programs and copies of this year’s student literary magazine Reflections. After tea, coffee, and desserts, everyone filed into the auditorium where Jeanne Annino, Program Coordinator, welcomed everyone to the special evening and thanked the many people who make the program such a wonderful success.

          This year’s speakers included Dinah O’Brien, Director of Community Resources, Heather Franklin, a recent GED graduate, and keynote speaker Robert Maier, the Director of MA Library Commissioners.  Mr. Maier spoke of the initial funding source that launched the Literacy Program in 1989 and commented on what a great investment it turned out to be.



          Betty DiBenedictis presented a special citation to the program from Representative Tom Calter and Representative Vinny DeMacedo. Senate President Therese Murray also expressed how proud she was of the accomplishments of the adult learners. The Senate President also presented American flags to Samer Issa and Cesidia White, program members who recently became United States citizens. The sincere words of all the speakers inspired the learners during the ceremony.

          Volunteer tutors in the program and their students, who are learning the English language, were awarded certificates of appreciation and achievement. Classroom teachers also recognized their students for all their hard work and dedication.


          The evening ended with the GED cap and gown graduation to publicly recognize the students who had successfully passed the 5 tests that make up the GED exam.  At the time of the program, thirty-six adults had received their GED diplomas. Their achievements will serve as a model and an encouragement to all adults who desire to continue their education.


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