UNION COUNTY — Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey (LVNJ) recently presented Marilyn Meyerowitz with the statewide Award for Tutor Excellence at the 2011 Literacy for Life Conference at Montclair State University. Meyerowitz was nominated by Elizabeth Gloeggler, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Union County who says, “Marilyn’s unfaltering commitment to her students and our organization has been evident every day of the last twelve years.”
Meyerowitz takes “Reading, Writing, Listening And Speaking” to heart. Her advanced students read and discuss everything from culture and holidays to social and political issues. After they discuss something, they write about it.
Meyerowitz’s “Holiday Cultural Exchange” is legendary within Literacy Volunteers. Every December her students bring holiday food and stories to share. The evening is full of eating, singing, sharing and of course learning.
In addition to sharing her expertise with others at in-service training and through newsletter contributions, Meyerowitz and her students have helped spread the word about literacy issues. For years Meyerowitz and her students spoke at public hearings for local Community Block Grant funding. Meyerowitz talked about her experience as an instructor while the students talked about all they had accomplished and how much their Tuesday night class helped. This helped open some eyes about the plight of so many Elizabeth residents and helped secure funding to support more students.
On Dec. 31, Meyerowitz retired after 12 years of tireless tutoring at the Elizabeth Public Library. She and her husband Alan have two grown daughters, Lori, who lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona and Marcia who lives in Hermosa Beach, California. Meyerowitz and her husband plan on retiring and splitting their time between Pennsylvania and Arizona.
When she is retired, Meyerowitz plans to continue to work for Adult Literacy in Pennsylvania and says, “It has been very rewarding to see that of the students that I have worked with that many have been able to help themselves in their lives and the lives of their families by improving their use and understanding of the English language. This program provides a great service to our community and I hope that it will continue for a long time.”
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. The next new tutor training workshop is a three part series that will takes place at the Linden Public Library located at 31 East Henry Street in Linden. The sessions will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendance is required at all three sessions. There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee and scholarships are available to qualified individuals.
Left to right: Elizabeth Gloeggler, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Union County and Marilyn Meyerowitz, who was presented with the Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey state award for Tutor Excellence. (Photo courtesy of Literacy Volunteers of Union County)
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