The Roswell Literacy Council will celebrate the Christmas season and the hard work of their tutors and students Friday evening, when the council holds its annual Holiday Dinner.
“It’s an appreciation for our tutors which are volunteers, all our tutors are volunteers,” said Cecilia Conteras, board secretary and a tutor with the council.
The dinner will start at 6 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1413 Union St. and is free and open to the public.
Ham and turkey will be provided courtesy of Albertson’s and Farmer’s Country Market, Conteras said.
Students are encouraged to bring side dishes for the dinner, while members of the council’s board will provide rolls and deserts.
Door prizes supplied by area businesses will be distributed at the dinner. Cadets from the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy will perform holiday songs.
The Roswell Literacy Council is the oldest literacy council in New Mexico, according to the organization’s website.
Conteras said the council presently has 19 volunteer tutors who teach teenagers and adults basic literacy, writing and math.
Many of the tutors offer their services to cadets at Youth ChalleNGe, she added.
The council also provides English language learning and helps immigrants prepare for their citizenship tests.
People looking to attend can RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 625-1369 and leaving a message on the machine.
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