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Literacy Luncheon gives help to those who want to read

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeSloan Munter, Luncheon Chair Ann Martin and Carolyn Cage.
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What would it be like if you couldn’t read or write? Imagine the simple tasks we take for granted; going to the grocery store, driving safely, writing a note to your child’s teacher. Whether or not one’s inability is based on never learning how to read or write, or because the language is not familiar, it’s frightening not to be able to communicate.

As many of you know, I’m a flight attendant and fly exclusively to Europe. Just this past spring, I wandered through Berlin, confused by the signs and not quite sure where to stop and ask for directions back to the hotel. I walked for miles, feeling uncomfortable and mind you, I’m a confident woman and well-traveled! I can only imagine the fear of many living outside their cultural norms in a foreign country that not only expects, but demands that you become fluent in English.

This is where The Literacy Project steps in.

Recently, their annual fashion show fundraiser was held at the Red Sky Ranch club in Wolcott. The event, ably chaired by Ann Martin and Peggy Morgan, raises funds to help those learning how to speak and write English. Their needs are relatively simple; the organization works with a very small staff headed up by Colleen Gray and Sloan Munter. The majority of teachers are volunteers.

Peggy Morgan thanked the guests for attending. “Your support means an adult or child will learn to read,” she said.

Its programs include an adult literacy program one-on-one, which currently had 75 matches, a small ESL group (English as a second language), “Study Friends” for academically challenged students, which currently has around 100 students, “Reading on the Go” for middle-school students, a gift-book program that serves 125 low-income families, “Raising a reader” and “LIFE” (Learning is for Everyone), a family literacy program.

After a refreshing summer-time menu, lovely locals modeled the fall line of Doncaster. Trends for the season are reflected by the election year; conservative, retro (think Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O), pretty, feminine and clean. The ensembles were modeled by Clare McCarty, Pam Kross, Vidette Gehl, Sandy Lloyd, Carol Campbell, Wendy Yager, and Lin Bercher. Beaver Creek Resort Company is the main sponsor. Other sponsors include The Eagle Valley Library District, Alpine Bank, American National Bank, Eagle Valley Temps, East West Partners, FirstBank of Vail, Roberta Schmidt, Slifer, Smith Frampton, and US Bank.

Margaret De La Rosa, a retired teacher who volunteers, spoke to the guests along with students Alba Padilla and Maria Gonzalez Sanchez.

“We are making productive individuals who will make a difference in our community,” summed up De La Rosa.

For more information on The Literacy Project, call 949-5026. To contact Doncaster to view their fall line, call Sally Bowers at 376-7167, but make sure to mention The Literacy Project and “High Altitude Society”.

Click on photo galleries at http://www.vailtrail.com to see more photos from this event.


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