2023 Annual Awards Ceremony
Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex & Passaic Counties
At our Annual Awards Ceremony at the Bloomfield High School last month, students, tutors, instructors, and teachers were recognized for the time they’d devoted to their sessions and for their personal goals and achievements. Award winners came from programs and libraries in both counties, including programs with our partners at, Maplewood Public Library and the NCC-Adult Learning Center.
Students and tutors were awarded for their hours and personal achievements, including as Students of the Year from Essex and Passaic Counties, Peterson and Teresita. The Tutor of the Year from Essex County and President’s Award winner was Louis D’Onofrio and from Passaic County Tutor of the Year was Jalaire Craver.
Culture shock can feel overwhelming at first, but with LVAEP, some students find their way with new friends at tutoring and in their community. Two students who met at a table in the Bloomfield Public Library came from different countries, languages and faiths, now call each other ‘sister.
One student is learning English with the help of a new magnifier that enables her to see text with her visual impairment, all because of her tutor who helped her secured it. Tutoring offers so much more than a language exchange for both to tutors and students.
“The students make a personal commitment to tutoring considering they work long hours and have family commitments. It is such a viscous cycle. If you can’t learn the language, you can’t improve your life conditions,” a tutor said. “I am impressed with how seriously they take the program.”