Aida A. recently became a U.S. Citizen at the graduation ceremony sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She is one of several Project Light students who took citizenship preparation classes, passed the USCIS Naturalization Exam, and became proud citizens at the USCIS swearing-in ceremony June 2018. Congrats Aida.
Fanny P. is another one of our citizenship students who became a U.S. Citizen in June 2018.
Here are some of our Level 2 and 3 students on an excursion to DeSoto Memorial, May 2018.
Tsauly T. has recently received his Citizenship diploma at the UCSIS graduation ceremony in March 2019. He is one of several Project Light students who took citizenship preparation classes and passed the USCIS Naturalization Exam.
Randy Cooper joined the Board of Directors of Project Light in the Spring of 2017. He is a civil engineer and fire commissioner with the West Manatee Fire District. He has been very helpful with the web page, the heavy work of setting up, scaffolding, painting and pressure washing for MLK Day of Service Project. Welcome, Randy!
Kim Scalzitti joined the Board of Directors of Project Light in Fall of 2017. She works at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church as the volunteer coordinator. She has spear-headed the Giving Challenge for 2018 and brings many skills to our fund raising tasks. Kim also teaches the advanced class in the evening. Welcome, Kim!
Charles Cunningham received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from the Florida Literacy Coalition on May 10, 2018 at a banquet in Orlando. Congratulations, Charles, and sincere thanks for your work as an English teacher, Citizenship Program administrator, volunteer for the MLK Day of Service project, and Vice President of the Board of Directors. Photo: Teresa C., Charles C., and Chris M. attended the event. Thank you also to FLC!
Project Light applied for and received a grant for Martin Luther King Day of Service 2018 from the State College of Florida. The project included painting trim and doors inside, walls and mural outside, cleaning and striping the parking lot. It was an ambitious project and also a great success. Forty volunteers from churches, RPCV‘s, board members, teachers and students worked 450 hours to do all the work. The 5 artists from Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship repainted the mural with the same theme as the original mural painted in 2001 by Barbara Elliot. St. Frances and the Animals of Florida now features a sea turtle, manatee, and dolphin in addition to the original mural’s alligator, panther, and many birds. Teachers, students and the community of Bradenton are all happy about the beautification of our building and grounds.
Roger painted the alligator and panther.
Volunteers made our parking lot safer and more attractive.
Many people helped out during the MLK Day of Service 2018.
Five volunteer workers represented all the volunteers at the Martin Luther King Day of Service Banquet in March 2018 to receive a certificate for our Day of Service Project. Chris, Randy, A.J., Amador, and Samantha accepted the certificate.
With about 25 teachers working at Project Light on different days it is hard to get them together for a luncheon but they all got their pizza, salad and words of thanks from members of the Board of Directors the week of April 10 - 16. There were 5 meals served on different days to accommodate everyone. It was a good opportunity to relax together, get to know other teachers and share ideas.
Ann, one of the original founding members of Project Light, expresses sincere gratitude to the volunteer teachers.
Level 2 teachers used the teacher luncheon to plan an excursion to a great coffee shop with their students.