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Students and volunteers recognized by Minnesota Literacy Council

Volunteer Service Award program insert Cover of Journeys book 74 Metro North ABE students were selected to have their original stories published in the 2018 Journeys book and four volunteer received the MInnesota Literacy Council's Volunteer Service Award.


In 1990, an Americorps VISTA member working with the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) started the Journeys project. The MLC collects hundreds of original essays, stories, poems and artwork all created by ABE students across Minnesota for consideration to be published each year.  


This year a total of 810 ABE students' work was published. The year before it was just under 700 and two years ago it was just over 600. Of the 810 authors in the book, 73 countries of origin are represented. This is the 29th edition of the publication.


JoAnn and Diane receive their Volunteer Service Award


Also during this time of year, the MLC calls for nomintations for their volunteer, student and partnership awards. Four Metro North ABE volunteers received the Volunteer Service Award for reaching the 1,000-hour+ tutoring milestone and showing a dedication to voluntary service to adult literacy. This is a significant accomplishment. 


We are proud of and thankful for our volunteers Diane Hanson (1,000 hours), JoAnn Peterson (1,000 hours), Rick Wriskey (2,000 hours), Judith Free (3,000 hours) for this significant milestone of service dedicated to our program and students. Diane started volunteering with Metro North ABE in 2009, JoAnn in 2009, Rick in 2008 and Judith in 2007.



Rick receives his Volunteer Service Award To celebrate the state’s ABE students and volunteers, the MLC hosts an annual ceremony where volunteers are presented their awards and students have the opportunity to read their own stories. We were pleased to watch as our volunteers, Diane Hanson, JoAnn Peterson and Rick Wriskey received their service award.


Congratulations to all our volunteers and students for their hard work. We are happy to celebrate you!