Left to Right: Priscilla Krum, Board Member; Andrew Seder, Representative of State Senator Lisa Baker; Carole Linkiewicz, tutor; Rev. William Sanford, Board Member; Annette Petry, Board President; Sandy Lefort, Board Vice-President; Elizabeth Wilson, Board Member; Margie Richmond, Member At Large.
On May 10, the Board Members of the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, (WPALP), along with Mr. Andrew Seder representing State Senator Lisa Baker’s Office, held a luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Hawley, in order to honor the 35 volunteer tutors who provide free tutoring to adults who face educational and economic obstacles.
Because of her outstanding efforts in working with adults in the county correctional facility, Carole Linkiewicz was selected as the, 2016 Tutor of the Year.” Some of the other recipients of awards were Barbara Cimorelli, Donna Colby, Lisa Hutchison, Nancy McCallum, Mary Hietpas and David Sutton. Special recognition was given to Diane Gaffney who has provided over 1,000 tutoring hours while serving as an administrator for the last 8 years. Board President Annette Petry was honored for her 15 years of service plus over 3,000 hours of tutoring. The Board members also honored three retired Board Members; Charles DiGiorgio, Bev Giblin and Ann Montgomery for their service to the Program.
Despite the harsh economic environment and without federal or state funding, the WPALP is going strong into its 29th year of providing free tutoring and study materials to adults in Wayne and Pike Counties, who are seeking a GED Diploma, who want to learn English and become U.S. citizens, or who just to improve their literacy in order to enrich their lives.