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Metro North ABE
Volunteer Connection
June-August 2017: Issue 24

Volunteer Service Recognition
Each year the Minnesota Literacy Council 
gives   awards for exceptional volunteer service. This year Karin Lindberg  is a 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient.
The following Metro North volunteers are the recipients of 2017 Volunteer Service Awards:  Connie Ahrens, Arlona Bergmen, Susan Kretchmer and  Randy Thoen.

Congratulations - and thank you to all! Pictured below are Metro North ABE volunteers, including three of our MLC awardees who were recognized at our Journeys Reading Event.
Journeys Reading Event
Thursday morning, May 25, 18 adul t learners from Metro North Adult Basic Education's (ABE) participated in the first Journeys Reading event at Blaine Le arning Lab. With standing room only Metro North ABE te ach ers, students, volunteers and c ommunity members gathered to listen to 
learners read their original stories, many of which are featured in "Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing".

"Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing" is produced by the Minnesota Literacy Counc il (MLC). Since 2007, the published book has included selected short stories, essays, poems and artwork cre ated by ABE students from across Minnesota.

Each year the MLC also hosts a large reading event where students are invited to read their piece at the Loft Literary Center. This is a great honor for our students to have their work fo rmally recognized and the opportuni ty to share their personal stories and experiences in such a brave way. Our students have said they really love the big event with so many people from across the state. Six student authors from our Columbia Heights site traveled to the Loft this year to participate in the event.
While students are invited to attend th e eve nt hosted by the MLC, this year Metro North ABE received a MLC grant to host its own Journeys event. Our first event received wonderful feedback from staff, students, volunteers and other community members who came to listen to the students' stories. We are looking forward to more events like this.
2017 Metro North ABE Graduation
Metro North ABE hosted its 2017 Graduation Ceremony at Anoka High School on Thursday, June 8, 2017. All Metro North ABE students who earned their GED, State Diploma or Credit Recovery Diploma in the past year were invited to participate. 
Keynote speakers Al Ickler, Anoka-Hennepin School District Community Education Director and Darcy Hokkanen, Program Coordinator at Anoka County delivered words of inspiration to the 34 graduate participants. Five student speakers from 3 different sites took to the podium and spoke about how Adult Basic Education has positively impacted their lives. After the ceremony the graduates along with their family and friends, Metro North ABE staff, volunteers, and community members enjoyed a festive reception with cake, lemonade, pictures, and many heartfelt words of congratulations. 
To watch this amazing event or purchase a DVD of the ceremony visit  QCTV. Congratulations to all of the students who received their GED or Adult Diploma in the past year

Visit our new website for a full story! 

New Website!
Metro North ABE has a new website!  We have been working hard on this project anx iously waiting to share it with our community. Take a look!

We sincerely hope this will allow us to better connect with our community of students, volunteers and community partners is a way that is meaningful for all. With more plans and uses planned in the near future, this is going to be project in progress!

Visit the calendar on our new website to see what is coming up at Metro North ABE.
Continuing Education
Check out the MLC website for training and refreshers on tutoring with adults.
Tutor Tips
Looking for new creative ways to work with your learners? Need a new idea to suggest to your teacher? 
Check out the  Tutor Tip blog   for fresh ideas on tutoring.