Celebrating achievements in helping others
Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council has played an important role in many lives
For 30 years the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council has promoted learning in the region.
First coming to Marystown in 1986, it was one of two locations on the island at the time with the other in Corner Brook.
Over the years the centre has helped many adults from the region develop in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and mathematics, giving them the skills they need to obtain their Adult Basic Education (ABE) Level I.
Bonnie Beazley, an ABE instructor at the Marystown location, said she has seen the difference they have been able to make in her five years working at the centre.
“I had one young girl, she was around 18 or 19 when she came here — she was doing her math one day and she said, ‘If the books were this good when I was in school I wouldn’t have had to quit.’”
Over the years she has seen people who had to leave school at a young age who have chosen to come back and finish.
“One lady from down over the road quit (school) because she was pregnant I think at the time and never went back to school,” explained Beazley. “She always said, ‘When my kids grow up I’m getting my Grade 12,’ and this was her first step.”
Along with ABE, the centre also worked in conjunction with the Newfoundland Literacy Council to offer the Summer Reading for Fun Program.
Beazley said roughly 50 to 60 young people usually enrol in the initiative between the organization’s two centres in the area – one in Creston South and the other at the Black Duck Cove Community Centre.
“The kids are recommended (by) their teachers but we also put the flyer advertising it in the kids school bags in June with their report (cards),” she said.
The council has hosted a number of events in celebration of their 30th anniversary. An open house was held at the Creston South centre Oct. 5. This past weekend a book giveaway took place at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown.
Sharon Manning, a volunteer with the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council, shows off a few of the more than 900 books that were available for free during a book giveaway at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown over the weekend. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary on the Burin Peninsula.