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Literacy Volunteers celebrate at annual event

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Bright centerpieces, balloons, glitter, and stars decorated the tables when Literacy Volunteers spotlighted success at its Annual Celebration. Attendees noticed, though, that students' smiles as they received awards were the brightest things in the room.

Fifty-four students were recognized for three or more years working on their personal education goals. Another 47 students were honored for logging more than 50 yours of instructional time with their tutors during the year; 250 student worked with individual tutors last fiscal year.

Volunteers received awards, too. More than 380 volunteers donated more than 22,000 hours of time last year. Thirty-six were feted for donating 100 hours of time within the past year. Several celebrated milestones of 5, 10 and 15 years of service.

Michelle and Wayne Walkerwere recognized for 10 years of service. Says Michelle, 'This organization is terrific and offers excellent training with high levels of support which makes the volunteer work possible. And seeing the progress of the students touches my heart.' Her husband Wayne was quick to point out, 'Volunteering is fulfilling but we must give greater recognition to the courage of adults who take the risk to address their lack of reading skills.'

Several board members received thanks for their contributions as they completed terms on the board: Tina Dowling of Newburgh, Brian Folster and Ginny Gifford of Old Town and Janet Speranza-Moran of Bangor. Kris Currier and Aleigh Wood were elected to the board.

The Champion of Literacy Award went to Darling's Auto Group. Darling's has made corporate donations; used theirIce Cream Truck for a Causeas a bookmobile for area children during the summer months; and donated their marketing department's resources to create ournew video public service announcements.

Carrie Darling Meospoke on behalf of her siblings and Darling's leadership team when she accepted their award. 'Supporting this work is important to our family business since my siblings and I have all struggled with reading. We are able to overcome our literacy challenges and can run a successful business. Now we want to help others reach their potential with improved literacy.'

One hundred fifteen students, volunteers and staff in attendance also enjoyed international dishes at the potluck dinner that celebrated the group's diversity.

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