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Archive: June 2011

RSU 13 adult education receives grant from Barbara Bush Foundation [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

As published in The Herald Gazette:



Biddeford — Former first lady Barbara Bush announced recently that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Maine Family Literacy Initiative has awarded $25,000 to Regional School Unit 13 Adult and Community Education.

Beth A. Gifford, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine accepted the award from Bush at a ceremony held at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford on June 15. The grant will be used to implement the Know and Grow program. This program is a partnership between RSU 13 Adult & Community Education and Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine that seeks to expand a thriving adult literacy program to include intergenerational learning in the areas of health, technology and literacy. The project will focus on parental literacy as well as key developmental stages of early childhood. Know and Grow will combine home- and community-based activities to assist adults in earning a credential while helping transition youth to school and beyond.

“The abilities to read, write and comprehend enable people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Bush in a news release. “The staff and volunteers with the MEFLI programs are making a wonderful difference in many lives, and I am proud of their work to make Maine a more literate state.”

A total of 10 grants of $25,000 were awarded this year from applications submitted by libraries, adult education and public schools across the state. Programs receiving support provide family literacy services including adult and early childhood instruction, and time for parents and children to read together. An additional two planning grants of $5,000 each will help communities develop the partnerships and resources needed to implement a family literacy program in 2011.

Five “Lighthouse Model Programs” grants of $25,000 have also been awarded to well-established, model family literacy programs that have proposed outreach activities to support the promotion and expansion of family literacy services in Maine. Applicants were selected based on their ability to demonstrate experience and success in providing family literacy programming, the creativity of their outreach activities, and the diversity of their partnerships and target audiences.

Since 1996, The Maine Family Literacy Initiative has awarded 243 grants totaling $4,341,991. To learn more, visit



Posted by Shannon Parker  on June 28, 2011

PVAEC holds Graduation Ceremony June 15, 2011 [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Graduation Podium

PVAEC held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.  A full house came to support and celebrate our graduates' accomplishments.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful ceremony.  







Our keynote speaker was Ray Therrien from Mt Blue Adult & Community Education in Franklin County.  Ray spoke of the new opportunities awaiting each graduate and reminded us to accept new challenges that help us grow and reach our potential.


Ray Therrien at podium














Graduates are ready to turn their tassels as the symbolic act that this phase of their education is complete and they are ready for what' next - employment, college or post-secondary training.



Congratulations to all!  For more information, contact PVAEC at 564-6525.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 27, 2011 | Read more in: News and Events

MACEA Officer Meeting 06.17.11 [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]



Posted by Richard Lumb  on June 23, 2011 | Read more in: News

Graduation DVD [Lewiston Adult Education]

Many thanks to Great Falls TV for filming our June 7th Graduation! The ceremony will air on Time Warner Channel 22 on Sunday, June 19 and 26, at 1:00 pm. If you would like to order your own copy, call us at 795-4141. We will reserve one for you and call you when it is ready.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 14, 2011

Graduation! [Lewiston Adult Education]

Here's the link to the Sun Journal coverage of LAE's June 7th Graduation Ceremony:


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 9, 2011 | Read more in: News

Tutor Training in June 2011 [Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford]

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce that it will hold a training for new volunteer tutors in late June 2011. 

Training will take place on three days:  Tuesday, June 21, 6 pm-8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 6 pm-8:30 pm, and Saturday, June 25, 9 am-3 pm.  Training will take place at the LVGS Learning Center at 883 Main Street Suite 4 (Townhouse Mall), Sanford.

LVGS supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction by trained adult volunteers.  Founded in 1986, LVGS is celebrating a quarter-century of helping adults improve their literacy levels and change their lives. 

For more information or to sign up,  please call the office at 324-2486. 


Posted by Ingrid Baily  on June 8, 2011

Annual Student Recognition Dinner in May a Great Success! [Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford]

On May 19, 2011, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) held its annual student recognition dinner at Mousam View Place in Sanford.  Nearly one hundred people attended this wonderful event to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary and had the privilege of hearing guest speaker Gary Sullivan’s inspirational talk on overcoming obstacles in life.  We would like to express appreciation to everyone who helped to make the dinner such a success, including Great Beginnings Catering, pianist Justin Havu, and Springvale Flowers. 

We are proud to support the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers, and we want to thank the many tutors, volunteers and supporters who make it possible for us to carry out our mission.  It was an honor to be able to acknowledge LVGS students and their achievements. 

LVGS’ community partners include Sanford Community Adult Education, The York County Shelter Programs, the Springvale Career Center, and the Springvale Public and Goodall Libraries.  During the 2010-2011, our community sponsors were:

Literacy Sponsors

Altrusa International Sanford-Springvale Chapter, Bonanza, Celina and Arthur Dumas, Esq., Evonik (Cyro) Industries, Eugene Gaudette, Esq., Great Beginnings Catering, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Sanford-Springvale Rotary.

Literacy Partners

Above & Beyond Catering, The Baker Company, Charles and Matilde Burnett, Knights of Columbus, Normand Electric, John and Michelle Rivard, Sanford Institution for Savings, Townhouse Properties, Troiano & Associates.

Friends of Literacy

AFLAC, Back to Health Chiropractic, Dr. John Beaudoin, Dr. Raymond Beaudoin, Helen Bower, Central Maine Power, Bernice Chadwick, Bruce Couture, The Craft Gallery, Creteau’s Photography, Anita Daigle, Deb and Duke Monogrammers, Simone Forest, Marcel Gagnon, Joseph and Marguerite Herlihy, Maura Herlihy, Jagger Brothers, Sandra Jorgensen, Kelly Orchards, Lafayette Social Club, Landrys Furniture Barn, Monique Libby, Jeanne Mahoney, Main Street Depot, Marc Motors, McDougal Orchards, Susan Mesick, Frederick and Susan Onion, Patco Construction, Beverly Pollard, Claudia Pouravelis, George and Ellen Pouravelis, Saco Valley Credit Union, Sanford Flooring, Sanford Hannaford, Sanford Kiwanis Club, Sanford Lodge of Elks, Shaw’s Hardware, Springvale First Baptist Church, Mary and Edwin Warner, York County Federal Credit Union.

Supporting Agencies

Sam L. Cohen Foundation, Sanford Community Adult Education, Simmons Foundation, Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation, Town of Sanford, United Way of York County, Work Choices.

Thank you very much! 


Posted by Ingrid Baily  on June 8, 2011

Region 9 Adult Ed Graduation

Click to read Sun Journal article!


Posted by Cathy Newell  on June 7, 2011 | Read more in: Press clippings