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posted Sep 7, 2011, 7:26 AM by Suffolk Literacy Council   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 6:37 PM by Lisa Cross ]

SLC Tutor Appreciation Luncheon 2010

Using the theme "Nuts About Reading", the SLC held a luncheon to honor the tutors on October 5, 2010 at the Pruden Center. The Rev. George Smith of First Baptist Church Mahan gave the invocation and the guest speaker was Ann Kirk, the stepdaughter of Elizabeth (Betty) Mooney Kirk who co-authored the Laubach Way to Reading Series. "You are saving lives when you teach people to read," said Ann Kirk. Ms. Kirk talked about her step-mother's adventures in literacy writing that began in 1945.  That year she joined Frank Laubach in New York City to help him develop his first adult literacy lessons in English.  Betty Mooney Kirk dedicated nearly sixty years of her life to the cause of literacy as an author, teacher, and tutor.  She organized literacy projects and trained tutors to teach adults in Kenya, India, and the USA.  Ann Kirk's slide presentation and talk was very interesting and informative.  

Chef Gilbert Dawes and the Culinary Arts Students at the Pruden Center prepared a delicious lunch for those in attendance. The students involved in the cooking and serving did an outstanding job.  The luncheon was a great success, and we look forward to holding more events at the Pruden Center. 


SLC 20th Anniversary Celebration 2007

HIGHLIGHTS OF
THE SUFFOLK LITERACY COUNCIL’S
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 
The initial gathering of the Suffolk Literacy Council took place on September 24, 1987.  On September 24, 2007, literacy supporters gathered to celebrate 20 years of promoting literacy in Suffolk.
 
 
Ernestine Langston, SLC President, welcomes guests.


Gary Williams, Program Manager makes presentations to Fan Panton (left) and Joan Sullivan (right) for 20 years of continuous service as Board Members and Jennifer Bunn (center), who took the first SLC Training Workshop in 1988 and has been an active tutor ever since.
 

 
Board Member Margaret Smith introduces keynote speaker,
Delegate Chris Jones.
 

 
Delegate Chris Jones was the initial treasurer of the Suffolk Literacy Council when it was founded 20 years ago.  His heartfelt remarks at the SLC 20th Anniversary Celebration included his memories of the first time he encountered someone who didn’t know how to write his own name.  When he was a teenager working at Village Drugs, the pharmacy his father owned in Chuckatuck, Jones asked someone cashing a check to endorse it.  “All he could do was put an X on it,” he said.  “I couldn’t believe it.”  That experience made him realize the importance of knowing how to read, Jones added.
 

 
Mayor Linda Johnson participated in the celebration and gave remarks.  In praising the volunteers, she said, “You know as you help them that you are helping them change their lives.”
 
 



The SLC appreciates...
COMMUNITY SPONSORS
WHO ADVERTISED IN OUR CELEBRATION PROGRAM.
 
A SPECIAL THANKS TO
Starbucks for Providing Coffee
&
WKW Catering for Preparing a delicious celebration meal

WE EXTEND A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO OUR
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
 
Carol Avenson
Brenda Boston
Aaron Joseph Bunn
 Jennifer M. Bunn
Mary Dash
Willie Ann Gardner
 Sara Heuburger
Ernestine Langston
Judy Liles
Bonnie Maki
Ann Firman March
Norman & Ann March
Dr. William C. March
Rebecca Mohler
 Fan G. Panton
 Kim Parr
Robin Rose
Blanche Rountree
Joan Sullivan
Gary Williams