Current Events - English students ‘heroes’ at Project Light

BRADENTON HERALD - Project Light, which was started by Sister Nora Brick and Ann and Ed Griffin, has been in operation for more than 20 years. The students, who range in age from 18 to 89, come to class each week to improve their English speaking, reading and writing skills. The nonprofit’s mission is to “empower adult speakers of other languages to participate more actively in our community through English Language Proficiency,” according to a fact sheet.

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“We are proud of you”

Project Light board president Guy Larreur said. “We know that it’s not easy.” During Thursday’s ceremony, Larreur got choked up as he shared with the students that he once sat where they sat. Larreur came to the United States from Haiti.

Learning English has helped

Liberto Zuniga at Publix where he works. “It is necessary to communicate with other persons,” said Zuniga, who is from Cuba. After all the students received certificates Thursday from the teachers, who are all volunteers, they shared in song, singing “This Land Is Your Land” and “Somos El Barco.” “It is exciting for me,” Carlos Aleman, who is from Argentina, said of being recognized. “I learn to speak and grammar.”

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