Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SJVC Students Help Literacy Center Adults

Usually mature adults are the ones giving support to young college students, but not this time.

Instead, San Joaquin Valley College students and faculty contributed over $800 last month to buy books for the Tulare County Library Literacy Center learners. The funds were raised during ‘Dress Down Days’ and will be used to purchase about 400 GED books.

“I am touched and grateful for this unexpected support for our program,” said Patricia Habeck, Literacy Center program manager. “SJVC has provided us with great interns in the past, but this is the first time the entire school has worked to help our learners. We are particularly grateful at this time of budget cuts which are seriously affecting our program. I understand this was one of their most successful fund raisers, and I thank everyone at SJVC on behalf of our learners, our tutors, and our staff.”

Presenting the check was Visalia Dean Kerrie Liles, who said, “Through the continued relationship with the Literacy Center, I have come to realize much of what the Literacy Center does for our County is financed through donations and grants. I thought this would be a wonderful way to give back to the Literacy Center and help them continue to provide the services they provide to Tulare County.”

The fundraiser is one of the events SJVC sponsors as part of the school’s commitment to educating proactive citizens.