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Tri-State Literacy Council honors students, tutors

May. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students and tutors alike reflected on a year's worth of hard work Tuesday evening during the Tri-State Literacy Council's annual Awards Ceremony at the Cabell County Public Library in downtown Huntington.

The event, with the theme "Literacy is Blooming," serves as a way to recognize the students and tutors for their progress toward increasing literacy in the community, said Emily Warder, director of the council.

The ceremony is the culmination of the efforts of more than 70 people, said Warder.

"This event, every year, energizes students and tutors alike to see what they've accomplished," said Warder. "It's great to share in those accomplishments because we're all working together toward the same goals."

The council is a purely volunteer organization that works to raise the literacy levels of adults through literacy services and improve the quality of life for those individuals who seek its services.

The council offers one-on-one tutoring and some group tutoring. Tutors and students remain paired up for the entire duration of the student's experience.

One such volunteer is Cathy Twedt of Milton, who is a retired English teacher. She has volunteered with the program since August 2010.

Twedt and her student, Frank Vickers, were awarded the Ruth H. Thompson Literacy Award, also referred to as the "Flame of Knowledge" in reference to the glass sculpture on display in the library that is paired with a plaque listing the names of student and tutor pairs that have been recognized with the award.

It is the highest honor given to students and tutors, and Twedt said the actual award is the latest in a long line of personal rewards she has experienced as a tutor.

"It is very rewarding," said Twedt. "When I think about Frank, he's gone through his whole life, being in the military and driving a truck, without being able to read, and it's just amazing that, at 59 years old, what he has accomplished."

The Tri-State Literacy Council headquarters is located on the third floor of the Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th Street Plaza in Huntington. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call the library's main number at 304-528-5700 or email literacy@cabell.lib.wv.us.

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