"I need my vote": Georgina's Story
On a Wednesday morning at Literacy Network, Georgina reads aloud in English, then stands up to write on the board while the 12 other students in her citizenship class cheer her on. ("Georgina! Georgina!")
"I like my class because I am so nervous, but I feel good when we go to the front," she says. "I try, and I think it's good for us."
Georgina moved to Madison from Hidalgo, Mexico 23 years ago. She recently retired after working as a housekeeper and at Oscar Mayer. Now that she's retired, she has time to take classes and study for her American citizenship test.
Georgina's classmates come from five different continents, but they are all working toward their goal of citizenship by improving their English literacy skills and studying United States geography, civics, and other topics that will help them pass their exams.
Georgina is resolute. "I need my residence," she says. "I need my vote."