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Literacy Center of West Michigan Student Spotlight: Rose Mayan

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Rose Mayan Shares Her Story On How the Literacy Center Has Helped Improve Her English Writing and Reading Skills
Rose with her tutor, Barbara.

Rose with her tutor, Barbara. /Shay Kraley

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The following story is a personal account from Rose Mayan, a student learner from the Literacy Center of West Michigan.  Rose chose to share her story and experience with her volunteer tutor in hopes of encouraging others to improve their English writing and reading skills.


"I came from Africa four years ago. I came through Egypt to the United States. My first language is Arabic. I came here and found out everybody speaks English but I don’t. I went to a Wyoming Public School to learn English as a Second Language. After that I went to Godwin Learning Center trying to do a high school diploma, but I didn’t have enough credits to finish high school because I needed 22 credits even though I had been studying for two years. I ended up with 4 credits because I went to school part time and worked full time to support my family. Afterward it seemed as if it was taking me forever."
"By the help of Rev. Paul Hostetter who suggested to me to do GED, he said if I needed more help to call the Literacy Center and I did. Fortunately, I called and met Shay who is a very wonderful person and very encouraging. She helped me to find a tutor. She is my best friend now. Her name is Barbara who taught me a lot of things. She helps me to pronounce and write and read English. Barbara and I have fun together and learn more about life in America.  And I want to tell everyone out there if you have a dream, don’t give up on it. Make it through because if you believe in your dream, you will live it. I want to give a special thanks to the Literacy Center, my tutor, and Rev. Paul Hostetter."

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