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Family Literacy Program Pushes Adults to Claim GED

By Laura Eastes, The Ardmorite


Brittney Adams accepts her certificate of completion from Riley Seals, representing Dollar General, at a ceremony for the Ardmore Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy program Thursday at Cafe Alley. Behind Adams is Misty Joe, who also received a certificate at the ceremony. Both women recently passed the GED test after completing the program in December.

There was a round of applause that quickly brought smiles to the faces of Misty Joe and Brittney Adams Thursday afternoon.

Surrounded by family members, teachers and board members of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, the Ardmore women were handed a certificate marking their completion of the former-first lady’s family literacy program and passing the GED.

“You really will be an inspiration to others, and you are part of our story,” said Adisha Chapman, chair of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation board, after the certificates were presented in a ceremony Thursday at Cafe Alley. “We want to keep up with you because we know you will do great things.”

Joe and Adams, along with Donna Brown, are the first participants to complete the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy program in Ardmore and pass their GED. Brown was unable to attend the ceremony.

The Ardmore program is supported through funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and provides its services inside St. Mary Catholic Church. The program focuses on helping adults with instruction to pass the GED test. But, unlike other GED assistance programs, the literacy program also works with their children to advance their academic levels.

Chapman said adult participants are taught by an instructor while the school-aged children are tutored, receiving reading and homework aim. The program also works with the parents to teach them how to help their children pursue their education.

The program kicked off in October and the three students passed the GED in December. Thursday was a special ceremony to celebrate the students’ accomplishments and highlight their achievements.

During the ceremony, Riley Seals, manager to the Dollar General distribution center in Ardmore and board member, addressed the students and congratulated them on their accomplishment.

“We are very, very happy for both of you,” Seals said as he handed them the certificates, flowers, Dollar General toy-truck and store gift card. “We are glad to be part of this.”

Chapman said the organization is new, but is already achieving its goal of helping people in Ardmore and witnessing adults achieve a goal.

The organization’s help is continuing. Currently, 18 families are enrolled in the family literacy program this semester.

Joe said she would recommend the program to any adult for obtaining their GED. She was able to work the program into her schedule as a full-time mom to a five-year-old and maintaining a job, working days.

“Don’t wait,” Joe advised. “They break everything down and make sure you understand it before moving on to the next lesson.”

Adams said all the questions she every asked were answered, making it easy for her to learn. She is also a parent and worked a full-time job while enrolled in the program. With her GED completed, Adams has moved on to her next academic endeavor — attending college at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.

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