Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry honored its annual award-winners, including The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, Thursday as part of its International Literacy Day Celebration.
The event was hosted by Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram at the New River Auto Mall in Hardeeville.
Award winners were: Bill Bligen Adult Literacy Student of the Year: Sauveur Alexandre was recognized for "overcoming considerable obstacles and achieving personal and educational goals," according to a news release. Volunteer Tutor of the Year: Ruth Brenner was recognized for "her tireless efforts and caring commitment to her students." Business Partner of the Year: TidePointe - A Vi community, was recognized for "its support over the past six years hosting the gala 'Preview Party for Cooks & Books,' the organization's highly successful, signature fundraiser." Community Service Award: Verizon was honored for its efforts to refurbish the Literacy Volunteers' Hilton Head Learning Center. Media Partner of the Year: The Packet and Gazette, for "its excellent coverage of Literacy Volunteers' events and adult-literacy issues, and for featuring student and volunteer successes." Community Partner Award: United Way of the Lowcountry was recognized for more than "20 years of successful partnership." Student Special Achievement Award: Gloria Reyes was honored for "her persistence in achieving her long-deferred dream of achieving her GED." Volunteer of the Year: Mary Agnes Garman was honored for her "outstanding efforts" in support of the group's Cooks & Books fundraiser. Rookie of the Year: Janit and Tom Maguire became the first recipients of this new award for "their enthusiastic effort" for the group's mission.
For more than 39 years, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry has equipped thousands of area adults with reading, writing, speaking and math skills. Last year, 136 volunteer tutors assisted 631 adults at eight locations in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
Information: Call 843-815-6616 or go to www.lowcountryliteracy.org.