Upper Nyack, New York -- One to One Learning is pleased to announce that it is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on May 5, 2017with agala dinner dance at Nyack Seaport. A sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, One to One Learning’s mission is to provide English classes and other supportive services to immigrants. Since the program’s inception, over 6,000 students have been served.
One to One Learning’s goal is “to empower our students to lead meaningful lives within the communities in which they live and work”.Classes offered include beginner, intermediate and advanced English, preparation for high school equivalency and citizenship exams; computer classes, as well as special pre-literacy groups. All of these are offered free of charge to the students and all teachers are volunteers.
The gala honored the organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Sister Cecilia LaPietra.Sr. Jeanine Nolan who has served as Administrative Assistant for the past 10 years also received a special tribute. Prior, Sr. Jeanine worked at Albertus Magnus High School, among other schools.
“We continue to work together for our mission, “Language empowers; language unites”. For over 20 years, our work has hada positive impact on the lives of our students and on our community . I thank God and all of our teachers, benefactors, board members and supporters for “all that has been, for all that is, and for all that will be,” stated Sr. Cecilia on this special occasion.
More than 20 years ago Sister Cecilia began this ministry when she and other Dominican Sisters noticed new Spanish-speaking neighbors in the area of the convent in Sparkill.
These new neighbors were offered the chance to learn English and began attending class at Dominican Convent, walking there, with their babies.Sister Cecilia brought the student’s concern about a place nearby to attend mass to Fr. Dwyer, pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont.He hired Sister Cecilia part-time to begin the Spanish ministry and to minister to the English-speaking parishioners as well.He also welcomed her to use Connelly Hall for English classes.And so One to One Learning began.
Thank you to all the sponsors and donations that were received on that special night. Please review our Ad journal sponsors, our photos and our One to One Timeline from the Gala on the home page.
One to One Learning, Inc., 640 N. Midland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960 845-512-8176 www.one2one-learning.org Be a fan on Facebook