Cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ments in help­ing others

Burin Penin­sula Laubach Lit­er­acy Coun­cil has played an im­por­tant role in many lives

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

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.

COLIN FAR­RELL/TC ME­DIA

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.

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