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The New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce University will host American Dream Panel Discussion

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The New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce University will host its annual American Dream Panel on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in Pierce Hall. Two families will share stories about their experiences as immigrants to the United States. The program is free and open to the public.

Ho Yong Lee, his wife Myoung Ju You, and their three children emigrated from South Korea. Lee is a former eye surgeon, and his wife is a former pediatrician. Their children are Ki Jung, 15, Kee Hwang, 11 and Kee Seok, age 7. One or two of the children will share their experiences along with their parents.

Vjollca (Violet) Llabovitiadhi and her two children, Nikola and Elena immigrated to the United States from Albania so that her children could receive an American education. Her son Nikola is a second-year student at Fitchburg State University. Her daughter Elena is a senior at Fitchburg High School and plans to continue her education at Boston University. 

The Center would like to thank Gloria Maybury, Executive Director and Program Coordinator for the Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, for her assistance with this program. Maybury is the Program Coordinator of the Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area. For over 356 years Literacy Volunteers has provided free one-on-one tutoring and small classes in basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) to adults and out-of-school youths over the age of 16 through the use of professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors. They also hold classes to assist program participants with the process of becoming United States citizens. The program serves 26 cities and towns.

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Franklin Pierce University is a private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level.

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