Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Celebrating Literacy and People

Submitted by Jaclyn Paul, Program Assistant for Development and Administration


Last week, I was asked to wear my photographer hat and volunteer my services at our 20th Annual Literacy Celebration.   More than 160 program volunteers, current and former staff, learners, and partners came out to recognize the wonderful work GHCC’s Adult Literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program is doing.  I’d like to share a few of my favorite moments from the event in the form of a short photo essay.

20th Annual Literacy Celebration

20th Annual Literacy Celebration

I felt fortunate for the opportunity to see these heartfelt performances from the Greenmount Senior Center Dance Team.

20th Annual Literacy Celebration

Without meeting them in person, it’s hard to convey just how strong the tutor-learner bond can be.  Seeing tutors speak about their learners—and vice versa—brought home to me how much these pairs become like family, completely invested in reaching a shared goal.

20th Annual Literacy Celebration

The first photo doesn’t do it justice, so I just have to highlight the butterfly wings learner Ruby used to represent the changes she’s undergone in her life since coming to the Literacy Program.

20th Annual Literacy Celebration

Our VISTA members have shared a lot of stories on this blog lately, but sometimes we forget how much impact they have on our staff.  Here, Special Literacy Projects VISTA Cyndel Taylor (shown receiving flowers) receives a big thank you from Program Director Todd Elliott and Assistant Director Kim Bosworth.

To see more photos from the evening, check out our albums on Facebook or Flickr.