Alphabetta Bear, wearing her coat of many letters, celebrates literacy – understanding how the letters of the alphabet dance together to create meaning and shared knowledge through the written word. Literacy transforms lives!

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council and its volunteer tutors partner with adults who are learning to read and write, are improving their English, or are acquiring important life skills. The council assists these committed learners to gain the knowledge they need to reach their potential and participate more fully in community life.

Students work hard to achieve such goals as obtaining a High School Equivalency Certificate, getting or advancing in a job, becoming a US citizen, participating more effectively in their children’s education, and making a successful transition from detention to life in the community.

Alphabetta Bear was painted by Wendy Brusick in memory of Theodore and Lillian Brusick, lovers of literacy and life-long learning. Alphabetta says, “Never stop learning!”