Miss New Jersey Celebrates With Literacy Volunteers of Union County

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UNION COUNTY — Over 100 people came to celebrate the publication of “Connections Student Art and Literary Magazine” created by Literacy Volunteers of Union County. Among the guests, most notable, was Ashleigh Udalovas, Miss New Jersey 2010.

Udalovas congratulated the students whose work was published and spoke about the importance of literacy, a cause she has devoted herself to both personally and professionally.  After the program, members of the audience had the opportunity to take pictures with Miss New Jersey and obtain autographs.

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The highlight of the evening came as proud tutors introduced their students, and attested to their hard work and the progress they had made.  Nine students read their work.  Some of the topics included: “What It Meant to Me” (to be published in a magazine), overcoming “A Challenge in My Life”, as well as fictional pieces about  “Sleeping in a Cave,” and “The Caterpillar and the Apple.”  Another adult learner discussed his display of artwork that included over 20 pieces of original paintings.

Literacy Volunteers has published the magazine for two years and is beginning work on a third edition.  The magazine was made possible in part by a 2009 HEART (History, Education, Arts, Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chose freeholders.

Literacy Volunteers of Union County is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the literacy of adults and their families in the community. Through its network of over 200 volunteer tutors, Literacy Volunteers is changing lives every day.

A New Tutor Workshop Series begins in January at the Linden Library.  The dates of the workshop are Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12 and, if needed as a snow day, Feb. 26. The four part series begins each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m.  For more information on Literacy Volunteers or to register for the workshop, visit www.lvaunion.org.  You may also contact Susan Petrow at 1-908-755-7998 or emailing susan@lvaunion.org.

Ashleigh Udalovas, Miss New Jersey 2010, signs autographs after an event to celebrate the publication of “Connections Student Art and Literary Magazine” created by Literacy Volunteers of Union County


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