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Spring-Summer 2013 
2013 Student Newsletter

Continuing a longtime LVGH tradition, ESOL and Basic Literacy students worked together with their tutors to write articles for our Annual Student Newsletter, Express Your Ideas. 
Here are a few excerpts: 

"The reason why I go to school is for my kids.  For when they ask me for help, I would like to be able to read to them and help them write." - Santos, BL student
"I want to learn English because when I have medical appointments I want to understand my doctor and his diagnosis." - Maria, ESOL student
"I have made a lot of new friends here that are learning English just like me." - Rita, ESOL student

You can read a selection of student articles here, or view the entire newsletter by visiting the LVGH computer lab!
One Inspiring Mom
Angelita and 
her son


Congratulations to LVGH student Angelita Feliciano, whose essay was chosen as one of the winners of World Education, Inc.'s nationwide contest in honor of Mother's Day, back in May.


"I knew that I needed to improve my reading and writing skills in order to further my life," wrote Angelita.


In honor of all the hard-working parents we see every day at LVGH who are raising children while going back to school themselves, check out the rest of Angelita's inspiring story, along with those of the other contest winners, here!
Annual Gala - Thank You!
LVGH held its Annual Eat. Drink. Dance. Read. Learn. Grow. Gala on April 6th at The Farmington Club.  This year's event, held in honor of our 40th anniversary, attracted over 160 attendees and grossed over $60,000 to benefit our adult literacy programs.

Hartford Tutor Erika Frank (pictured, left) was featured as our keynote speaker. Below, a brief excerpt from her powerful speech about her experiences as a tutor: 

Imagine a classroom where all of your students are excited to be there, even after a full day of work. In these classrooms, students are self-motivated... they know from experience that education is the key to their future, and their family's future. 


Tutoring adults is a partnership where you get back what you put in tenfold. Just like anyone learning something for the first time, our students need encouragement, a supportive environment, and quality instruction, but they bring so much to the table already.  


We couldn't agree more, Erika! 

Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see more great photos from the evening.  Event photography was generously donated by Matthew Lin of New Vibe Studios.

The event was generously sponsored by Giuliana Musilli & Scott Schooley; Wealth Preservation Partners, LLC; Travelers; Aetna; Lincoln Financial Group; Comcast; People's United Bank; Reid & Riege, P.C.; and Fradette Carlson Agency.

Thank you again to all who attended and/or supported this year's Gala!  
In This Issue
2013 Student Newsletter
Essay Contest Winner
Gala Recap
Black History Month Project
Quick Links

Thank You, Volunteers!
LVGH would like to thank all of our dedicated, talented volunteers for helping us to reach more students than ever in 2012-13.   Together, we helped over 830 adults to improve their basic skills!

Our Volunteer Appreciation Reception was held June 13th at Real Art Ways. 

We celebrated many tutor anniversaries this year, including Tom Eysmans (
pictured above with our Board Chair, Gene Evans), who has been tutoring with LVGH for 25 YEARS!  Our congratulations and gratitude to Tom and to all the other volunteers who keep coming back to LVGH year after year.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from the volunteer reception, and have a wonderful summer!

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Students Teach Peers About African-American History 
Level 5 student, Antwanette, one of the presenting students
Students in Ken Lareau and Nancy Wildt's Level 5 Basic Literacy class - Laurina Joseph, Antwanette Wright, Monica Reynaga and Maurissa Crawford - recognized Black History Month throughout this spring with a special project culminating in student presentations to other LVGH classes in late April.

Inspired by a February 2013 article in the Hartford Courant, the BL-5 students did research and took notes in the computer lab to help them to develop presentations on three lesser-known African-American historical figures who made major contributions to American society: educator and civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune, husband-and-wife civil rights activists Harry T. Moore and Harriet Moore, and Vivian Thomas, who became renowned for his life-saving surgical procedures.

The presentations were a success, and the students were very proud of their efforts. One commented that she was surprised she could read in front of so many people. Another student said that although she was quite nervous, she was able to read her entire speech into the microphone. Both tutors and students alike learned of the great contributions of these African American heroes from the past.


Congrats to the BL-5 class on their successful project!