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
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
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.