Why I'm Riding for the Brunner Literacy Center
My name is Bridget Shingleton Hutt, and I'm riding for the Brunner Literacy Center because I believe in the power of education to transform people's lives.
When we learn how to read and think critically and to express ourselves, we become more empowered to make our lives what we want them to be. We can ask better questions and know our options. We can state what we need and share our opinions. We can connect with others. Learning how to read and write unlocks the whole world for us in ways we often take for granted if we've always had access to education.
Students come to the Brunner Literacy Center at all different stages of life and with very different goals. Some students are in their early twenties, pursuing a GED, a professional license, or a better job. One student is in his nineties! He suffered a stroke a few years ago and wants to restore some of his reading and writing functions. And people of all ages come to learn English as a second language so they can become full participants here in their new home. No matter what someone's goal is, from passing a test to reading to their grandchildren, we want to help them achieve it.
Everyone at the BLC has a story, and those of us who work here are honored to hear them. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and that literate adults enrich their families and communities.
Literacy really does change lives. That's why I'm riding for the Brunner Literacy Center.
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