Class of 2018 Graduation & volunteer appreciation dinner

This year, Seeds of Literacy celebrated 57 graduates -- a record number of adult learners who have reached their goals by achieving a high school equivalency. More than 20 attended the ceremony held on June 20, 2018.

Latasha Jenkins (Seeds West) spoke from the heart about the challenges she faced in life, and what it was like to finally pass the GED. Read her speech in its entirety.

Dionne Lobban (Seeds East) also addressed her classmates. "The route to lasting success is education," she said. "Success is EARNED, not a matter of mere luck." Read her speech in its entirety.

Graduation isn't just a celebration of the students who have worked so hard. It is also a recognition of the tutors, the teachers, and the volunteers who make the Seeds program possible.

(Top Left) Volunteer of the Year, Mark Yanochko, is in his 13th year tutoring and his 11th year as a member of the board, currently serving as Vice President. He chairs the community relations committee, writes guests blogs, and takes photos at Seeds Events.

(Top Right) John Burke was the recipient of the Arthur Zammikiel Tutor of the Year Award, for the person who embodies what it means to be an exceptional tutor.

Executive Director Bonnie Entler also presented three very special awards to people who have been instrumental to the annual Sowing Seeds of Hope Brunch and Auction.

George Miller: The Shaking the Tree Award for sponsorship gathering

Pat Bakos: Queen Bee of Basket-Making

Diane McFeeley: Decor Diva

The evening's keynote address was presented by 21st District Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams who commended not only the graduates, but the volunteers and family members who supported them along their journey. Read her entire speech.

After all of the speeches, the grads took photos with friends, families, and tutors.


Read our latest blog for a full recap of this event.

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