All friends of Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County are welcome to join us for two very special free events, so be sure to save the dates!

Authors’ Night will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at Pat’s Barn in the Rensselaer Tech Park. The 45th Anniversary Student and Volunteer Dinner will be held on Monday, November 18th at the First United Presbyterian Church, Troy. Check the Events Calendar or call 274-8526.for details on both events.

Authors’ Night is our annual celebration of the accomplishments of our students and tutors. Their true stories are the best possible illustration of the success of our programs. Here are some excerpts from stories from last year’s event:

“Being tutored is helping me out a lot. When I am driving on the highway going out of town I can now read the signs, or when I go shopping or am at the store and I see a flyer I can read it now. Being tutored is building my confidence in reading and how I am feeling about myself. Since I had a tutor I became a better reader and my comprehension has expanded.”  StaEsha A., Student

“Giving back to those who wish to learn the language has been a number one priority in my 10 year association with Literacy Volunteers. It has been a very satisfying journey, with so many interesting people. We all receive much joy in return for our efforts.  I mention the word “joy” because that is what I see reflected back to me in the faces of so many – a word learned, a sentence conquered, a paragraph read, a book finished, or a successful fund-raiser accomplished.  I see only joy in these acts and I am glad to be a tiny part of it all.” Jean Holmes, Tutor

 “I like the literacy program because I want to learn to speak more English. I hope to finish studying for the GED so I can pass the exam.  I like the work the teacher gives me because it helps me to meet and talk with other parents, talk with my children’s teachers and understand what they are saying.” –Guillermina A., Student

If you have a story to share, please call Marie or Barbara at 518 274-8526. We’ll look forward to seeing you this fall.