The sun shone brightly Saturday on Oakland Literacy Council’s 35th Anniversary celebration. At the Picnic in the Park held at Waterford Oaks Park, about 100 students, tutors, community members, and families gathered for food, games, conversation, and entertainment.
Just like the magic of learning that students and tutors create together, Baffling Bill amazed the audience with his magic tricks. The upbeat music of the banjo duo, Brian Newsom and Morgan Humecky, brought even more joy to the event. Tutor Susan Lipson exclaimed, “Today was absolutely glorious! … The entertainment was just plain fun, and we really had fun getting to know more students and tutors.”
Stories of challenges and accomplishments were shared throughout the afternoon. Student Lilian Faranso recalled how her tutor went through extra training just to learn how to better help her. With her new language skills, Lilian can now use the GPS and drive on her own to Chicago. “We are all learning a lot. Our life changed. I hope it will continue forever!”
Oakland Literacy Council Board President Judy Lindstrom reflected on the day and its meaning. “I was so proud and touched to see so many students and tutors at the event. This organization has touched so many hearts and changed so many lives over 35 years. Today we celebrated our past, present, and future and our dedication to spreading literacy in our community.”