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Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council celebrating a milestone

Sharon Manning, a volunteer with the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council, shows off a few of the more than 900 books that will be available for free during an upcoming book giveaway the organization is holding at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown.
Sharon Manning, a volunteer with the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council, shows off a few of the more than 900 books that will be available for free during an upcoming book giveaway the organization is holding at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown.

Marystown, NL- For 30 years the Burin Peninsula Laubach Literacy Council has promoted learning in the region.

First coming to Marystown in 1986, it was one of two locations on the island at the time with the other in Corner Brook.

Over the years the centre has helped many adults from the region develop in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and mathematics, giving them the skills they need to obtain their Adult Basic Education (ABE) Level I.

Bonnie Beazley, an ABE instructor at the Marystown location, said she has seen the difference they have been able to make in her five years working at the centre.

“I had one young girl, she was around 18 or 19 when she came here — she was doing her math one day and she said, ‘If the books were this good when I was in school I wouldn’t have had to quit.’”

Over the years she has seen people who had to leave school at a young age who have chosen to come back and finish.

“One lady from down over the road quit (school) because she was pregnant I think at the time and never went back to school,” explained Beazley. “She always said, ‘When my kids grow up I’m getting my Grade 12,’ and this was her first step.”

Along with ABE, the centre also worked in conjunction with the Newfoundland Literacy Council to offer the Summer Reading for Fun Program.

Beazley said roughly 50 to 60 young people usually enrol in the initiative between the organization’s two centres in the area – one in Creston South and the other at the Black Duck Cove Community Centre.

“The kids are recommended (by) their teachers but we also put the flyer advertising it in the kids school bags in June with their report (cards).”

The council has hosted a number of events in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

An open house was held at the Creston South centre on Oct. 5. As well, the organization is hosting a book giveaway at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown on Nov. 26.

“It is totally free, we just wanted people to read,” said Beazley. “You can take one book, you can take two books, you can take a whole bag, (or) you can take a whole box, whatever you think you want to read, whatever interests you.”

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First coming to Marystown in 1986, it was one of two locations on the island at the time with the other in Corner Brook.

Over the years the centre has helped many adults from the region develop in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and mathematics, giving them the skills they need to obtain their Adult Basic Education (ABE) Level I.

Bonnie Beazley, an ABE instructor at the Marystown location, said she has seen the difference they have been able to make in her five years working at the centre.

“I had one young girl, she was around 18 or 19 when she came here — she was doing her math one day and she said, ‘If the books were this good when I was in school I wouldn’t have had to quit.’”

Over the years she has seen people who had to leave school at a young age who have chosen to come back and finish.

“One lady from down over the road quit (school) because she was pregnant I think at the time and never went back to school,” explained Beazley. “She always said, ‘When my kids grow up I’m getting my Grade 12,’ and this was her first step.”

Along with ABE, the centre also worked in conjunction with the Newfoundland Literacy Council to offer the Summer Reading for Fun Program.

Beazley said roughly 50 to 60 young people usually enrol in the initiative between the organization’s two centres in the area – one in Creston South and the other at the Black Duck Cove Community Centre.

“The kids are recommended (by) their teachers but we also put the flyer advertising it in the kids school bags in June with their report (cards).”

The council has hosted a number of events in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

An open house was held at the Creston South centre on Oct. 5. As well, the organization is hosting a book giveaway at the Peninsula Mall in Marystown on Nov. 26.

“It is totally free, we just wanted people to read,” said Beazley. “You can take one book, you can take two books, you can take a whole bag, (or) you can take a whole box, whatever you think you want to read, whatever interests you.”

colin.farrell@tc.tc

@Colin_TCMedia

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