A diverse group of people gathered together for good food, conversation, and Thanksgiving.
“It was like the United Nations,” said Debbie Cortellini, president of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council. 18 cultures were represented in a literacy council sponsored Thanksgiving celebration at the Canton Public Library. “They really loved it,” Cortellini added.
She was referring to the adult students who are learning to speak English, and live within the American culture. Thanksgiving is certainly an American holiday. But this celebration was a bit different from regular turkey and stuffing.
Students brought dishes from their own native countries and cultures, sharing who they are and an expression of their culture. To sweeten the celebration, the Canton Community Foundation presented a check for $2,000 to support the training of more tutors.
At present, more tutors are needed, as the waiting list for adults who wish to learn to speak English is 15 per one on one tutor. Many adults in the program have children in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District. At present, the council has 81 adult students receiving one on one tutoring, and over 150 students who participate in conversation groups and ESL classes.