I first heard of the Boston Adult Literacy Fund, (BALF) and now First Literacy, when the CEO of Eaton Vance Corp., M. Dozier Gardner, handed me a file as he was retiring in 1993.
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On April 9th the First Literacy Spelling Bee was featured in The Boston Globe. While this was the 32nd year First Literacy hosted the Spelling Bee, this was the first time the event included both recorded and live components.
On Thursday, April 7, at First Literacy’s 32nd annual Spelling Bee, State Street Corporation received special recognition; by being the first to receive the “First Literacy Champion Award”.
On March 20th First Literacy was featured in The Boston Globe. The story features how the First Literacy Spelling Bee helps create life-changing educational opportunities for adults throughout Massachusetts. The article also highlights a change in this year’s event.
At First Literacy, our most generous donors are recognized as being part of the Phillis Wheatley society. This amazing woman, was stolen from her family in Africa at the age of eight, brought to Boston in 1761 on a slave ship not speaking a word of English, and wrote her first poem in English four years later.
Students have paid a high price during the pandemic. A struggle for some is existential for others. As Omicron eventually fades, we will get to decide what the new normal looks like in educating our students.