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NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY GRADUATION DAY RECOGNIZES 49 NEW READERS

 NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY GRADUATION DAY RECOGNIZES 49 NEW READERS
 WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- "I never got to walk up and graduate. You don't think of it when you're young and having fun, but boy, you sure do when you're older," said Rebecca Feyk of Billings, Mont. "I'm 33 years old and wish I could have gone to my high school graduation. Now I Have the chance to graduate."
 Feyk and 48 other new adult readers were honored on Capitol Hill today by leaders of four national literacy organizations, approximately 30 members of Congress and more than 200 other opinion leaders at the first National Adult Literacy Graduation Day, sponsored by Coors "Literacy. Pass It On."
 Four leading literacy organizations -- Laubach Literacy Action, Literacy Volunteers of America, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, and SER-Jobs for Progress -- worked with Coors "Literacy. Pass It On." to select new adult readers from every state. The 49 graduates were chosen because they achieved in the past year the personal goal that motivated them to learn to read -- such as being able to read to a child or grandchild, or passing the test to earn a driver's license.
 "We should all be proud of these courageous individuals," said Phyllis Coors, national spokesperson for Coors "Literacy. Pass It On." "They demonstrate the personal victories of thousands of adults struggling daily to improve their lives by learning to read."
 Sen. Paul Simon, D-III., author of the National Literacy Act, was keynote speaker at the ceremony hosted by Phyllis Coors in the Senate Dirksen Office Building. Actor Danny Glover hosted a pre-reception for the graduates and joined Phyllis Coors and Peter Coors, chief executive officer of Coors Brewing Company, in sending a special message to the graduates. The interim director of the National Institute for Literacy, Dr. Franmarle Kennedy-Keel, was on hand to tell graduates about the government's new role in adult education.
 Coors "Literacy. Pass It On." is a five-year, $40 million program to reach 500,000 adults with literacy services by the end of 1994. To date, 201,000 adults have been reached because of the funds provided to local, regional and national non-profit literacy organizations. To be a volunteer tutor or to learn to read, call the Coors Literacy Hotline at 1-800-626-4601.
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