Literacy Volunteers Of Chenango County Lauds Students, Volunteers At Annual Gala
Published: October 24th, 2014
By: Shawn Magrath

Literacy Volunteers of Chenango County lauds students, volunteers at annual gala

NORWICH – For more than 29 years, Literacy Volunteers of Chenango County (LVCC) has played a key role in helping adults reach their personal goals through literacy.

LVCC students and mentors alike were lauded for their dedication, efforts, and accomplishments Thursday as the organization held its annual recognition dinner at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Norwich. LVCC, a subsidiary of Opportunities for Chenango, is credited for helping more than 1,000 individuals through free, one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for adults in basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages.

The organization currently mentors nearly 30 students with help from approximately 20 tutors, many of whom were honored at Thursday’s gala with awards on behalf of LVCC as well as certificates signed by New York 122nd District Assemblyman Clifford Crouch.

“Sometimes, students don't get that recognition and tutors don't either,” said JoAnn Kishbaugh, who took over as Director for LVCC last winter. “It’s nice to bring them together in one place because it's not often they have that opportunity to interact with other students and other tutors.”

Kishbaugh further complimented students in the program for going through a time of change which she admits can be scary, but it presents an endless list of opportunities.

“I have only been here for nine months and I see all of you are going through change,” she told students. “Change can be difficult sometimes, but it opens up many doors.”

According to LVCC, an estimated 14 percent of adults in Chenango County read at or below a 4th grade level, and 25 percent do not have a high school diploma. At least 42 percent of adults in Chenango County have some difficulty with basic reading, writing or math.

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