The Rumble of Achievement
Past-president Mary Tobin showing her support with a limited edition LSW temporary tattoo.
Book Jenga
Fun & games and fundraising!
Student, Andrea, presents Tutor of Inspiration Award to John Shefchik.
Student of Inspiration, Tiffany brought her inspirations with her.
This year’s Inspiration Awards Dinner was a night that will be remembered for a long time.

We were inspired and humbled by the emphatic response to our annual fundraising event, where we honored a remarkable volunteer tutor for his service and three students for their achievements. The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum was the place to be to get your limited edition Literacy Services “knowledge” (temporary) tattoo, try your steady hand at book Jenga, or pose for a selfie on a gleaming Harley motorcycle. But the spotlight was on our mission and the people who bring it to life.
John Shefchik's story of service as a tutor and volunteer starts with his passion for education. John’s former student Andrea presented him with the award through her tears of gratitude. Tiffany, Misael, and Dilshad’s stories of persistence and accomplishment rang out as reminders of why Literacy Services of Wisconsin exists and why it is still as relevant and necessary as ever. Tiffany told us how she found her motivation and determination to better herself for her children. Misael told us how he balanced working with his goal of earning his GED in English, his second language. Dilshad told us how Literacy Services of Wisconsin was her very first school. She explained that girls were not allowed to attend school in her native Pakistan; now she’s an inspiration to and advocate for women in her home village.
The presence of Milwaukee Achiever was with us, too. So many friends of both organizations, new and longstanding, came together to create a record-making event. Thanks to our successful merger, more people in Milwaukee have access to the high quality adult education they need to reach their goals just like our honorees have done. The sold-out event raised more than $100,000 for our adult education and English Language Learning programs.

Check out our Facebook album for more photos of our celebration. Scroll down and meet our Tutor of Inspiration in the video below. Stay tuned for videos of our Students of Inspiration in future editions of The Abacus.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, underwriters, guests, event committee members, board members, staff, auction donors, the Harley-Davidson Museum team, and the awardees for sharing their stories of inspiration. Please plan to join us next year!
2018 Tutor of Inspiration
John Shefchik, our 2018 Tutor of Inspiration, shared his passion for volunteering at Literacy Services during our awards celebration. If you missed it, watch the video above to learn more about what it is like to be a part of the volunteer force at LSW. Then, click the button on the right to find volunteer opportunities that inspire you!
In the News
Former Student Makes Headlines By Making a Difference
Four years ago, LSW honored Lume Abule as the 2014 Student of Inspiration in English Language Learning. Her amazing story was part of our award-winning 50th Anniversary Book. But, her story didn't end there. The Monroe Times recently published an article about her "going from 'learner' to tutor." Susan Endres tells the tale of how Lume is giving back to others what she gained at Literacy Services.
Fueling Our Mission
Over the last 19 weeks, previous Executive Director Ginger Duiven and current Executive Director Holly McCoy participated in Cardinal Stritch's MIssion Fuel nonprofit accelerator program. The course focused on applying social entrepreneurship and business concepts within a non-profit organizational context.
Mark Your Calendar
7th - Volunteer Orientation
20th - Volunteer Orientation

4th - Independence Day
Agency Closed
5th & 6th - No Classes
10th - Volunteer Orientation
11th - Student Honors Celebration
11:45am-1:30pm Downtown Center
26th - Volunteer Orientation
8th - Volunteer Orientation
21st - Volunteer Orientation

Summer Break No Classes
August 27th through September 3rd
Classes resume September 4th

3rd - Labor Day
Agency Closed
6th - Volunteer Orientation
19th - Volunteer Orientation
Meet Our Latest Staff
Betsy Kerns
Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator
Downtown Location
Betsy Kerns has served as a volunteer in our Downtown ABE program for the last four years. A retired software specialist, Betsy was recruited by a family friend to volunteer at LSW, and she quickly distinguished herself as an excellent tutor. Starting with the Wilson Reading System, Betsy has developed her skills and experience to include all of the varied curricula options offered in ABE. In addition, she has volunteered countless hours of her time to help ABE staff with administrative projects over and beyond her tutoring commitment. Betsy’s assistance has been extraordinarily valuable during a high-velocity period of growth and transition. We’ve been very lucky to have her support and we are so glad to officially welcome her to our Downtown ABE staff as our part-time Program Coordinator.