EDISON, NJ - Nearly 50 adult students and volunteer tutors recently came together via Zoom to celebrate five years of commitment and success learning English. The Summit ESL program, sponsored by Literacy NJ, provides free classes to adults who want to improve their language skills in order to find jobs, help their children in school, and become more involved in the community.

More than seventy-five students participated in the program this year, which was held at Summit High School until the shutdown for Covid-19. Not to be deterred, students and tutors quickly transitioned to online platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and Whatsapp to finish out the year and complete their studies.

Thanks to the generosity of Summit area volunteer tutors, the celebration included a raffle of $650 in gift cards, with students earning raffle tickets based on the number of ESL classes they had attended. The raffle was the highlight of the night for students, many of whom have lost jobs due to Covid-19 and are struggling to pay bills and buy groceries.

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Students also received award certificates for 50+ instructional hours, with some students completing close to 100 hours in the program.Adult ESL classes are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; six different levels are offered and all classes are taught by trained volunteers.

Online classes are planned for the fall semester. For more information about the Summit ESL program, or becoming a Literacy NJ volunteer tutor, call 908-486-1777 or contact bhathaway@literacynj.org.