Annual Recognition Banquet

The Annual Recognition Banquet was held on June 14, 2018 at the American Legion Post 42 in Towanda. We were extremely fortunate to have the venue and meal donated by the American Legion! Approximately 60 volunteer tutors, adult learners, and guests attended the event which was emceed by Wes Skillings. Guest speakers for the evening included current adult learner, Gene Martin, and his volunteer tutor, Sue Fahnestock, as well as former ESL (English as a Second Language) adult learner, Nargiza Ismailova, and her volunteer tutor, Claire Borits. Gene shared with us how the Literacy Program has impacted his life and why he enrolled in the program several years ago. Sue and Gene both noted how they have formed a special bond with each other over the three years of working together.


Nargiza told those in attendance what it was like to come to the United States not knowing how to speak English other than “thank you” and “hello”. She enrolled in the Literacy Program and was assigned her “saving grace”, volunteer tutor Claire Borits. During her time in the program, Nargiza became a US citizen and she is now working toward earning a degree from Lackawanna College.

Program Coordinator, Aubrey Carrington, highlighted the 2017 accomplishments and gave a brief overview of the goals for 2018. The volunteer tutors in attendance were honored with a gift for their hours of service. Adult learners who attended the event were given a gift bag which included a Certificate of Recognition for their hard work & dedication.

Tutors were recognized in the following categories (from June 2017 to May 2018):

1-25 Hours of Service~ Diane Lichtenstein, Dave Prugh, Sherry Spencer, Barbara Swody, Peter Wohlgemuth, and Shelley Young

26-50 Hours of Service~ Joyce Burgart, Nina Seebeck, Vince Trossello, and Mary Lou Vanderpool

51-100 Hours of Service~ Terry Butler, Carol Guarini, Esther Lapitan, Marie Preston, Chris Sullivan, Rich Taubar, and Gail Wardrop

101-150 Hours of Service~ Sue Fahnestock, Karen Ockasi, and Adrianne VanNoy

151-200 Hours of Service~ Claire Borits, Christine Little, Sharon Mueller, and Suzanne Urban

201-250 Hours of Service~ Laurie Anson

Special thanks to Sherry Spencer (former Program Coordinator), Vicki Vannan (Wyoming Co. Liaison/ESL Teacher), and Laurie Anson (Volunteer Tutor/Office Volunteer) for all of their help with this event! This event was made possible by the very generous donations from the businesses and organizations listed below:

American Legion Post 42 (Towanda)                                                                                                          Bradford County Action                                                                                                                        Bradford County Commissioners                                                                                                    Bradford County Human Services Development Fund                                                      Claverack, REC                                                                                                                                           Flowers by Donna                                                                                                                              LeRaysville Cheese Factory                                                                                                                 McClain Stone                                                                                                                                    Meshoppen Stone                                                                                                                                        United Way of Bradford County                                                                                                          Wyoming County Commissioners