The guest speaker, former student participant Maria Turner, who is originally from Bogotá, Columbia, shared her story about the difficulties she experienced and how thankful she was for the opportunity to learn English through the BCALC. With the help of the program, she began to learn English and about the American culture. She was also able to obtain a driver’s license with the help of the BCALC.
She proudly told the audience about her accomplishments in obtaining a teaching certificate and then passing the written and oral content tests in English so that she could teach Spanish. In the fall of 2009, Maria got a Spanish teaching job at Karnes City High School and, more recently, at Cuero High School.
Also at this year’s banquet, two of the students were selected to receive the outstanding achievement awards. Rosa Cantu and Aurora “Dora” Labasida were selected for being the most studious, motivated, hard-working and determined to learn. Their tutors, Sally Baynum and Jane Smith, were there to participate in the ceremonies.
BCALC is an independent, nonprofit agency which offers free assistance to Bee County area adults who cannot read or write. If you know someone who is a non-reader of the English language and would benefit from these services or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, contact the BCALC office for additional information at 354-5335, firstname.lastname@example.org or 900 W. Corpus Christi St.