World of Words Project

The Annual World of Words and Adult Literacy Celebration is held at the end of each program year, in May or June. The celebration and the World of Words contest are sponsored by the Saginaw Lions Club.

Each student in our Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is given the opportunity to enter the contest by writing an essay on the theme or question chosen for the year. Students work on their writing over the spring semester and enter it for judging. All the essays are compiled into a commemorative book each year, and winning essays are selected in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories.

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Adult Literacy Celebration

The annual celebration gives us a chance to recognize the accomplishments of our students and the dedication and service of our volunteer tutors. Both tutors and students put in a great deal of hard work over the course of the school year.

The celebration also gives the students a chance to present their World of Words essays in front of their families, tutors, and peers. These essays are heartfelt representations of each student's personal journey. The project not only develops literacy skills for adults, but it also helps them to build their own confidence in reading and speaking in front of an audience. In addition, the library hopes that others will be motivated to set and reach their own goals as they witness the hard work and dedication of the students in this program.

Each of the World of Words books is available in the Library. We encourage you to read them and be inspired!

If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor to help adults learn to read and write, pass the GED test, learn English as a Second Language, or obtain their U.S. Citizenship, please email Carmen Silver, our program coordinator, or visit the Library.

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