Doylestown, PA (August 7, 2012) Vita Education Services hosted a gathering of Vita students, tutors, and teachers from the Literacy Tutoring and GED programs to recognize and honor volunteer and student achievements during the past academic year. Over 75 people attended the celebration held at Bensalem Library on August 4.
Mercedes Anderson, Director of Literacy & High School Programs, welcomed the crowd and set the theme for the event which was a celebration of the faces of success. Attendees included students and their proud families and friends as well as Vita tutors and teachers.
Mercedes honored the students, paying tribute to their courage, dedication and hard work, noting the many challenges faced by adult learners. Of the over 400 students enrolled in the Literacy and GED programs last year, a record 69 students earned their GED and 108 advanced an educational level or more, a significant accomplishment.
Vita’s teachers were recognized for their dedication and support in helping students achieve their goal.
Lisa Tarity, a past graduate of Vita’s GED program, reflected on her experiences and inspired the crowd with her story of overcoming obstacles and working hard to make a better life for herself and her family. Lisa was one of four recipients of this year’s Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Scholarships. She passed the GED test in 2010 and, with the help of the scholarship, will be attending Bucks County Community College this fall.
Kathy White, Vita’s Tutoring Program Coordinator, recognized Literacy Tutors who volunteer their time to work with students in small groups to help improve their reading writing and math skills and work toward getting their GED. She thanked them for the hours and hours of volunteer time, noting the accomplishments of their students that came as a result of the commitment and hard work of both tutors and students.
The crowd applauded the success of the students and the contributions made by teachers and tutors.