Big things are going on at Adult Community Education, which has managed to continue to keep its dedication to education going in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although they had to close their doors to students coming into the office, ACE encouraged learners to continue to study from home or with tutors by phone. They received the donation of an eight-foot picnic table to use outside for distanced learning and placed it in the shade of a tree. Many of their English learners were able to continue by phone as well.
Now the doors are opening back up, with social distancing, masks and disinfected surfaces, for people to finish their education and take advantage of computer help, resume writing, job searches or improving language and reading skills.
ACE welcomes new tutors to volunteer, especially those with a special skill in math or another area.
We have two new board members, Rev. Dr. Alice Morgan-Brown and Lori Yancey.
Morgan-Brown is a retired educator from the Baltimore City public school system. Her experiences include, but are not limited to, having served as a mathematics teacher and supervisor, principal and assistant superintendent. She also served in a variety of positions at Morgan State University. Currently, she is the adult Sunday School teacher and associate minister of Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Mineral. She is also a lifelong member of the NAACP and a past member of the Louisa County Public Schools superintendent’s council.
Retired educator Lori Yancey has served in Louisa for 37 years as a social studies and alternative education teacher at the middle and high school levels. She graduated from St. Paul’s College in 1982 with a B.S. degree in social science education and from Ohio State University in 1983 with a M.A.Ed.
Over the past year, the U.S. Small Business Administration gave ACE a small grant and they applied for others. But donations are what keep them going.
Through Oct. 18, people can donate to Birdies for Charity, through the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and name Adult Community Education to receive a donation in their name. ACE will receive a 10 percent bonus on donations generated in their name. Donations can be made online with a credit card at deccgolf.com [Louisa Arts Center is also an eligible charity]. A check can also be mailed to Dominion Energy Charity Classic, 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1025, Richmond, Virginia 23219, Attention Birdies for Charity and put Adult Community Education on the memo line.