GCLC helps woman end long journey to get high school diploma

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By Jo Chiparo Angela McClure spoke of her 10-year journey to get her high school diploma at the Greene County Literacy Coalition's annual dinner and meeting.

The Greene County Literacy Coalition (GCLC) celebrated its annual dinner/meeting Tuesday evening at Linton's Saron Church.

Beth Burcham, coordinator of GCLC, welcomed guests and introduced the speaker of the evening, Angela McClure.

McClure spoke of her 10-year journey in the quest for a high school diploma. That goal was recently reached when she received a GED after being tutored by volunteers at GCLC.

McClure said she tried to go back to high school the year after she quit but was told by the superintendent that she couldn't enroll.

It was from a tutor at the Work Release Center that she learned she could study for the GED through the GCLC.

"I would like to thank (tutor) Steve Thomas for volunteering his time and his patience and would also like to thank Perry Thomas for his time and efforts in helping me get ready for the test, especially with the algebra," McClure said.

McClure also thanked the Greene County Foundation for providing the scholarship, which made it possible for her to obtain a GED.

Her future plan is to enroll in college and pursue a business degree.

Shelley Williams, president of GCLC, noted that times are much different these days. She explained that some time ago students could quit school and enter the work force, but workers are now facing more competition and need to be able to read to fill an application.

"If not for volunteers, we could not help learners," noted Burcham. "I believe in this organization, and I know you do too."

As she recognized GED recipients, learners, tutors and board members, Burcham said she was inspired by them.

During this past year, six students received GEDs. Volunteer tutors assisted a wide range of readers from beginning readers to those who only needed to improve reading skills. Several learners improved study skills and reviewed for the GED test.

In addition, two students from Russia are currently being tutored in English as a second language.

Burcham also noted that tutors Perry Thomas and Jeanette Walker tutor inmates at the Greene County Jail and Steve Thomas tutors at the Work Release Center.

"Sometimes there are as many as 10 learners studying at the jail at one time," she said.

During the business meeting, Burcham announced that Jackie Friestuhler and Beth Roberts are ending their terms as board members.

Elected to three-year terms to end in 2011 are Rose Floyd, Carolyn Konnert and Clinton Burch.

Deb Kean replaced Beth Roberts on the board whose term ends in 2010.

Valerie Abshire reminded guests that the next literacy fundraiser would be the Trivia Bowl on Nov. 15. Although plans for the event aren't completed, she said the location of the event would probably be Saron Church as it was last year.

"I would like to encourage all of you to get a team together," she said. "It's fun to have new teams."

She added that teams consist of four people. If anyone is interested in additional information regarding the Trivia Bowl, Abshire can be reached at the Community Learning Center at (812) 659-3862.

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  • I would love to see more stories like this! Congratulations to Ms. McClure & those involved in helping people in this way!

    -- Posted by MommiezBoyz on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 4:00 AM
  • Congrats Angela!

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 5:13 AM
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