For the past six weeks, Wednesdays at the BLC have shined even brighter than normal. That's because every Wednesday since Ash Wednesday, March 1st, some of the fine folks from St. Charles-Borromeo in Kettering have come by the Center with carloads of supplies for our students.
This year the St. Charles-Borromeo parish chose the Brunner Literacy Center as a recipient of their annual Lenten donation drive. Individuals and families contributed items like bus tokens, gift cards, notebooks, backpacks, and office supplies. These supplies came in bags and bags, filling up trunks of cars, filling up shopping carts. In fact, BLC staff and volunteers often had to borrow shopping carts from the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store next door just to get all the bags into the building! And every week even more supplies would arrive.
The Brunner Literacy Center has grown a great deal from where it was a year ago. We now operate at four different locations throughout Dayton, and we serve a more diverse population than ever before, including refugees, food pantry patrons, and those involved in the correctional system. Literacy changes lives. We know that to be true. And the people of St. Charles are making sure our students' lives change for the better. We are very grateful for their kindness, generosity, love, and support, and we wish the best to everyone who has helped us and our students this spring.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adults with Other Needs (AON)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
General Equivalency Diploma (GED®)
License Preparation (LP)