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Past Events

50th Anniversary Celebration

June 22, 2016 (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
Vermont State House

Katherine Paterson, one of the world's most beloved children's book authors, agreed to be the keynote speaker for CVABE's 50th Anniversary event celebration. Hundreds of past and present students, volunteers and friends of CVABE attended this event.


CVABE Appreciates Volunteers and Donors
November 19, 2013

More than 30 volunteers and donors gathered to receive thanks for their steadfast work and dedication in support of CVABE’s efforts. Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate and President of CVABE’s Board of Directors presided over the short meeting. Volunteer, Garet Allen-Malley read aloud her own touching poem portraying her work with various students over her nine years of involvement with CVABE.



Self Advocacy at CVABE
November 15, 2013

Approximately 20 students and teachers from Adult Education and Literacy organizations around the state gathered at CVABE’s Barre Learning Center to enjoy Marty Finsterbush’s dynamic workshop on Self Advocacy. Marty is the Executive Director of VALUE USA (Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate). Participants came away with strategies for better meeting individual student needs and for increasing organizational success in doing so.



CVABE Participates in Connecting Hope
November 2, 2013

CVABE’s table was very busy at the local community event, Connecting Hope, held at the Barre Auditorium on November 2, 2013. This was the 3rd annual Connecting Hope event and CVABE has been involved each year. The event always proves a great opportunity to offer information to the community about CVABE’s services and to recruit new students and volunteers.


CVABE and Vermont Reads 2012

CVABE is a proud participant of Vermont Humanities Council’s Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program. This year’s book selections are: Bull Run by Paul Fleischman with The Red Badge of Courage as a Second Choice.

Each year, communities around the state have the opportunity to bring people together to read, discuss, and build activities around that year’s selected book. In 2011 communities read the classic beloved To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In 2010 more than one hundred communities read The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson. Vermont Reads was launched in 2003 with Witness by Karen Hesse.

Bull Run Vermont Reads 2012 will feature Paul Fleishman's Bull Run, a beautifully written novella that takes place during the Civil War. It is written in the first person from the point of view of sixteen different characters, eight northerners and eight southerners  —  male, female, black, white, old, young, soldier, and civilian. The award-winning book focuses on the social context of the war, the run-up to the first battle of the war, and its aftermath as well as on the battle itself.

Red Badge of CourageVermont Humanities Council is also encouraging communities to read The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane’s classic and groundbreaking story of heroism and weakness in the face of war’s indifference to the fate of individuals.

Lyddie Attendees

Sadeta Zahirovic-Laub, Volunteer Winnie McCormick and Mei Lihn.

CVABE Goes to the Theater

On May 9th and 10th several volunteers, teachers and students from three CVABE learning centers (Barre, Montpelier, and Morrisville) attended Lost Nation Theater’s World Premier of Lyddie. The play is based on Katherine Paterson’s novel about a young nineteenth century Vermont girl who is forced to work in the Lowell, Massachusetts textile mills and struggles to return to her family’s farm.

Theater tickets and copies of the book were made available to CVABE students by Vermont Humanities Council. Reading and discussion groups around Lyddie will continue for weeks to come.

Thank you Vermont Humanities Council for making this extraordinary cultural and educational event possible for CVABE.


Vermont Reads 2012 Workshop
February 10, 2012

Vermont Humanities Council provided CVABE staff and volunteers with a full day workshop on February 10. Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Director, made introductory remarks inviting CVABE's participation in the Vermont Reads 2012 project and noted Vermont's observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

John Turner, Vermont Humanities scholar, provided historical context for the American Civil War as background for this year's Vermont Reads selections, Bull Run by Paul Fleischman and The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. The entire staff and several volunteers then enjoyed hearing from Vermont Humanities Council experts Morgan Irons and Jan Steinbauer regarding active learning strategies to engage CVABE students in the two books.

Vermont Reads 2012
Vermont Reads 2012
Vermont Reads 2012


Montpelier Learning Center
Holiday Party
December 2011

Montpelier volunteer and Shop Talk leader, Jeanne Cariati, organized a lovely holiday party with the help of students and staff on December 16. Good food and holiday cheer were in abundance. Volunteers, students and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Shop Talk is an on-going support group organized by Montpelier volunteers for Montpelier volunteers to regularly share their variety of experiences at CVABE. Volunteers teachers also discuss the methods they are using in their tutoring sessions. The idea for the holiday party was born out of a Shop Talk meeting.

Montpelier Holiday Party
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Montpelier's New Learning Center at the Capitol Plaza

Students, Volunteers, and Staff enjoy Montpelier Learning Center's new space at 100 State St. within the Capital Plaza Hotel complex. The new Learning Center is bright, well-equipped, spacious, and offers plenty of opportunity for multiple simultaneous teaching and learning experiences.

Montpelier Learning Center

Montpelier Learning Center

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Depot Author Workshop

Reading & Writing Workshop

with author Carolyn Coman

October 2011

Author Carolyn Coman (center) with teacher Lissa Fox (left) and students at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education’s Depot School in Barre.  The group participated in a recent discussion and writing workshop using Coman’s book, What Jamie Saw. The book, which tells the story of a young boy who witnesses domestic violence in his home, has been used for similar workshops throughout the state sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.


Bradford Learning Center

Open House

October 17, 2011

CVABE is pleased to welcome Mark Johnson to his new position as Teacher/Community Coordinator of the Bradford Learning Center. Mark brings with him a long history of living and working in the Bradford area and is using his firm understanding of his community to familiarize Bradford to CVABE’s work.

Welcome Mark!

Bradford Open House

To Kill a Mockingbird

Vermont Reads
Summer 2011

The 50th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction award to author Harper Lee for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird was in 2011.  

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education joined the Vermont Humanities Council in celebrating this American classic as 2011's Vermont READS selection. The statewide celebration included many events in Vermont communities.

Vermont Reads 2011


Montpelier Learning Center Opening Cake

CVABE has a New Learning Site!
Montpelier Celebrates
New Location At Capitol Plaza
February 17, 2011

Students, Volunteers, and Staff joined together to celebrate Montpelier Learning Center's new space at 100 State St. within the Capital Plaza Hotel complex.

The new Learning Center is bright, well-equipped and spacious, and offers plenty of opportunity for multiple simultaneous teaching and learning experiences.
Click here to see the celebration.


For the Love of Reading and Barre
February 12, 2011

For the LOVE of READING and BARRE was the theme of a special Valentine's event on Saturday, February 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Barre's Aldrich Public Library.

Three organizations: The Aldrich Library, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, and Everybody Wins! Vermont teamed up to encourage community members to Be Our Valentine by becoming literacy volunteers. Click here to see the celebration.

Volunteer Joins CVABE

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