E pluribus unum

Students who have studied English and prepared for U.S. citizenship as part of Jefferson County Schools Adult Basic Education program celebrated their achievements with a party and awards ceremony at Sam Michaels Park on Monday. More than 100 Jefferson County adults for whom English is a second language put in almost 6,000 hours of study during this school year. The students come from more than 15 countries and speak nearly as many languages. More than 25 will have become U.S. citizens by the end of the summer, while others have been awarded or are on their way to earning GED diplomas. Other student achievements include enrollment in college, volunteer service in the community, and increased levels of involvement in their children’s literacy and school activities. These free adult ESL classes are funded through state and federal adult education grants to Jefferson County Schools and are open to all non-native speakers of English. The program is based at the Adult Learning Center, 202 E. Liberty Street in Charles Town, but also has offered an off-site class at the Jefferson County RESA VIII Head Start Center. Registration for the 2012-2013 adult English as a second language (ESL) classes will take place in August. Check the Jefferson County Schools website in early August for details.

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