Honor Your Students, Volunteers and Community Partners with a Statewide Award!

Honor Your Students, Volunteers and Community Partners with a Statewide Award!

We are excited to announce that nomination forms are open for the Minnesota Literacy Council’s annual ABE awards event! The awards ceremony (and the annual student reading from the Journeys Anthology of Adult Student Writing that follows) will take place again at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul. As an added bonus, the event will be held on a Tuesday night (April 30) when the History Center is free to the public (there is usually an entrance fee to view the exhibits), so come early and take a walk through the galleries!

As you think about the people or groups you’d like to honor, please read our nomination guidelines. All nominations are due Friday, March 8, 2019. Nomination forms can be accessed through the links below or at https://mnliteracy.org/educators/awards-ceremony-journeys-readings/award-nominations.

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Learner Awards are for students who have made unique contributions to adult literacy or achieved remarkable learning gains. The top two Outstanding Learner recipients will be chosen to receive a $250 Lucille Fisher Award. This special recognition is offered in memory of Lucille Fischer, who was a beloved ABE teacher and the first instructional supervisor for the St. Paul Public Schools ABE/GED program in 1970. Under Lucy’s leadership, St. Paul became the first program in Minnesota to hold a GED graduation ceremony with caps and gowns. Lucy was also a founding member of the former professional organization, Minnesota Association for Continuing Adult Education (MACAE).
  • Minnesota Literacy Council Thomas M. Kraemer Memorial Education Grant Fund is intended to assist ABE learners in their pursuit of further education. Awards range from $250 – $750. Use the link above to access the application. Thomas M. Kraemer served as the President of the Minnesota Literacy Council Board of Directors from January 1994 until his accidental and untimely death in August 1995. In recognition of Tom Kraemer’s leadership and his commitment to lifelong learning, this education grant fund has been established in his memory.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Awards are for volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and creativity through their involvement in adult literacy.
  • Volunteer Service Hour Awards are for volunteers who have served 1,000 hours or more.
  • Community Partnership Awards are for organizations that have supported or collaborated with adult literacy programs to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students.

A committee of Minnesota Literacy Council staff and board members, along with volunteer coordinators from partner ABE programs, will choose awardees. Kraemer Grant recipients will be chosen by a committee of donors and advisors who oversee the Kraemer Fund. Recipients and their nominators will be notified of the committee’s decisions in early April and awards will be presented April 30, 2019 at the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center, before the Journeys student readings. Look for more information about this event to come.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of volunteers, learners and community partners in adult education with you!

Questions? Contact Wendy at [email protected] or 651-251-9063.

Wendy Roberts, Volunteer Outreach & Hotline Manager Minnesota Literacy Council