Literacy Volunteers Celebrate Student Magazine Publication

WESTFIELD — Literacy Volunteers of Union County will celebrate the publication of the third edition of “Connections” Student Art and Literary Magazine on June 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church located at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.

Nearly 70 adult learners from both the Basic Skills and English as a Second Language programs contributed poems, essays, letters and artwork for consideration in “Connections.” All of the published work is unedited, in the students’ own words and represents a cross section of all levels of adult learners in the community. The one characteristic they all have in common is the desire to improve their lives by learning to read, write or speak English.


Cover art for “Connections” 2011 features the paintings of Helena Araujo, a young mother of three, whose touching stories have appeared in the first two editions of the magazine. Mary Campion, Araujo’s tutor, says, “Helena is a remarkable young woman, who is focused on her children and bettering all their lives. Helena is truly talented and being a very modest person, she doesn’t realize it!” Several of her paintings will be on display at the celebration.

During the evening, a number of students will read their contributions to the magazine. The readings are the most anticipated part of the program as students step up to the podium and demonstrate how “Literacy Changes Lives.” Tutors, fellow students, family and supporters of literacy will be on hand to acknowledge their accomplishments and support them as they present their work. Dessert and coffee follow the presentations.

This magazine is made possible in part through the generosity of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant, Westfield Rotary, Westfield Service League and Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League.

Literacy Volunteers is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to work with adults seeking to improve their reading, writing or English conversation skills. To learn more about Literacy Volunteers, visit or contact Susan Petrow by emailing or calling 1-908-755-7998.

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