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September 20, 2018

Literacy Volunteers Recognizes Students, Tutors, Supporters


OSWEGO, NY – On July 19 more than 80 people gathered at Breitbeck Park in Oswego for the Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County annual picnic and awards ceremony.

The evening began with Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of OCO, welcoming all attendees.

The picnic is a great occasion for everyone to share their stories, meet the participants’ families, and have a good time.

Shown with their awards from left are Joseph Potter, Spirit of Literacy recipient and Linda Barling, Tutor of the Year.

Shown with their awards from left are Joseph Potter, Spirit of Literacy recipient and Linda Barling, Tutor of the Year.

“This event gives the organization an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of its outstanding students and tutors and to express appreciation for all of their supporters,” said Meg Henderson, LVOC program coordinator.  “The highlight of the evening was the enthusiasm of students Yin Yin Sim-Fellows and Joseph Potter, and tutors Laura Bishop and Linda Barling whose speeches reminded us of what LVOC is all about. The ability to read is one of the most important skills needed in daily life but it is often taken for granted.  These individuals have recognized the importance of this skill.”

This affair recognizes the courage of all of the students in pursuing the ability to read and the generosity of the volunteers for their time and dedication.

Awards were presented by Henderson; Jennifer Cook, chief of staff from Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office; and Beth Kazel, OCO, director of education services.

Award winners were presented with a commendation from Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Barclay.

The Learner of the Year recipient was Sim-Fellows.

In 2012, Yin Yin obtained her GED and was accepted to Cayuga Community College.

She is enrolled in the fall semester.

Shown from left are Meg Henderson, Beth Kazel, tutor Laura Bishop, Learner of the Year Yin Yin Sim-Fellows and Jennifer Cook.  Absent from photo, Tutor of the Year, Paul Santore.

Shown from left are Meg Henderson, Beth Kazel, tutor Laura Bishop, Learner of the Year Yin Yin Sim-Fellows and Jennifer Cook. Absent from photo, Tutor of the Year, Paul Santore.

The Spirit of Literacy recipient was Potter.

He obtained employment with the County of Oswego and recently obtained his commercial driver’s license.

Paula Baker was given the Outstanding Dedication Award to honor all of her hard work and support to LVOC.

Tutors of the Year were awarded to Barling and Paul Santore.

LVOC would like to extend a special thank you to all that donated to this event: Ontario Orchards, Burger King, McDonald’s, C’s Farms, Wendy’s, Photographer Don Kranz, Price Chopper, Fajita Grill and Head Start Cook Belinda Viola and her assistants Jackie Christian and Mary Stancampiano.

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, the goal of LVOC is to provide opportunities for adults to achieve personal freedom by building basic literacy skills at no cost in a confidential environment.

Anyone in need of help with reading or wanting further information on how to support Literacy Volunteers may contact Meg Henderson at 342-8839 or visit [email protected]

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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