I have been a volunteer at LIRC teaching English and citizenship programs as well as tutoring for the past six years. The city's recent decision to discontinue this …
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Don't abandon immigrant center
I have been a volunteer at LIRC teaching English and citizenship programs as well as tutoring for the past six years.
The city's recent decision to discontinue this program has devastated the students. Many of these immigrants had to flee their homes and didn't have the luxury of a secondary education, let alone English classes. Many are working low-paid jobs, and don't have the money to go to the likes of Emily Griffith etc.
I have seen how the students grow in confidence when they can speak English. They are able to get better jobs, take care of their families, be productive members of society. If we don't help them, then they will continue to work in low-paying jobs, unable to truly integrate into American society and unable to support their families — thereby needing more in the way of social services.
I hope the City of Littleton can see their way to maintaining this valuable program.
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