Family literacy honors educational accomplishments

family-literacy.jpgTwenty-year-old Rene Recharte, mother of 19-month-old Briana Recharte, reached a pivotal point this year by participating in family literacy.
“As a pregnant high-school dropout at 17, I didn’t see much hope for myself or my unborn child,” Recharte said. “When I found the family literacy program, I thought maybe, just maybe, I could reach my goal of graduating from high school.”
After just one year in the Long Beach Family Literacy Program, Recharte reached her goal and received her diploma and now plans to attend Long Beach City College and pursue a career in either criminal justice or nursing.
On Monday, June 18, Recharte was one of two mothers who were honored for their accomplishments at the school’s year-end celebration. During the event, the first recipient of the Family Literacy Champion Award, Rosi Pedersen, program director at the Long Beach School for Adults, was honored.
In addition, the accomplishments of 30 families were recognized. Joining the celebration will be families, friends, program staff and key community stakeholders.
The Long Beach Family Literacy Program has been providing services to Long Beach families since 1992. Funded by the State of California Even Start Office and First 5 Los Angeles, the program is a collaboration between the Long Beach Unified School District and the city of Long Beach.
Through comprehensive and integrated services, the program provides adults and their young children ages 1 through 8 with the skills and resources necessary to be successful in their education, financially secure and productive members of their communities, as well as feel empowered to reach their full potential as life-long learners. Head Start, the leader in early childhood development, provides the program’s youngest learners with their educational foundation.
For more information about the Long Beach Family Literacy Program, call (562) 595-8893 ext. 264.

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