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Literacy Volunteers hosts author Anita Royston, celebrates tutors

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newspaperOn Saturday, February 13, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) and the African American Heritage Center will host a reading by Anita Royston.

Royston is a writer, publisher, and education consultant specializing in family and community involvement in public education opportunities. She’ll be reading from an anthology she co-edited, Our Black Mothers: Bold, Brave, and Beautiful, which features stories from African American mothers from diverse generations and backgrounds.

“We’re excited to partner with the African American Heritage Center in bringing Royston in to read from her inspiring collection,” Ellen Osborne, Literacy Volunteers Executive Director, said. “We hope this event introduces new people to the work of both our organizations.”

Following Royston’s reading will be a brief recognition ceremony, honoring Literacy Volunteers Tutors of the Year for 2015, Carole Springer and Pat L’Herrou, both tutors since 2010. Springer and L’Herrou were selected for their years of service as well as their willingness to take on extra responsibilities. “Carole and Pat’s dedication is inspiring,” said LVCA Program Manager Steven Reid. “They both have hosted conversation groups and often volunteer to facilitate small group discussions during our New Tutor Trainings.”

Over the last 33 years, Literacy Volunteers has helped thousands of adult learners living and working in Charlottesville and Albemarle gain stronger literacy skills. In 2015, the organization helped 362 students gain vital literacy skills with the help of 308 tutors. Many students go on to obtain citizenship, get better jobs, and become more involved with their children’s education.

The event will kick-off at 2:30pm on February 13 in the African American Heritage Center Auditorium at the Jefferson School City Center (233 4th Street NW). This event is free and open to the public.

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