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2 posts from December 2012


La Luz ESL Students are EMPOWERED!!


Forty-six students from three different English language classes held at La Luz Center and off site classes at El Verano School received certificates for having successfully completed the course and taking the competency Ventures test during Fall Semester 2012.

The emotional awards ceremony was attended by students, their spouses and children, community leaders, La Luz board members and volunteers, and major supporters representing the Todd Trust of the Community Foundation Sonoma County.

 It was truly a family-community celebration, and the graduates were energized, proud, and empowered.

Students were commended for having finished the semester and for taking the end of semester competency Ventures test, as well as a few students from each class with perfect or near-perfect attendance.  Many volunteers come every week—some come twice—for two hours, to practice conversation and provide individual help.

Why are so many students dedicated to attend these classes?  --To prepare for better jobs, to help their children with homework, to take a more active role in their community, to set an example for their families… 

 “The students were very happy, they were filled with pride,” said Maricarmen Reyes-Larios, who oversees the classes and knows every student by name. When developing the program, La Luz strived to make the classes easily accessible for students. The cost was just $25 for the semester.  During morning sessions, low cost childcare was provided to ensure students with kids could still attend class.

 The registration date for Spring Semester will be on January 8, 2013. For more information on class schedule and registration time please call 707-938-5131. 


Sonoma Mothers Reach out to La Luz Mothers

"Mothers should help and support each other!" That was the reason given by the Sonoma Valley Mother's Club for their choice of La Luz as a primary benefactor of this year's charitable giving. La Luz was selected because of its emphasis on helping mothers and children in need. The mission of the Mother's Club is to create an atmosphere of support, education and socialization for mothers of young children and their families.

We are so grateful to this group of caring women. ¡Mil gracias a todas ustedes---y feliz navidad!"