Archive: March 2018
Adult Basic Education students posed for a picture with Doris Bonneau after her class about Franco-American history. Front Row ~ Alexander Wilson, Doris Bonneau, Edmundo Kipo.Back Row ~ Mohamoud Abdillahi, Evandro John, Yussuf Mahamud, Julio Catumbela, Hana Omar, Iqbal Jashaami.
A history lesson about Franco-American immigrants turned into a discussion about working hard and meeting new challenges at the B Street Community Center. Doris Bonneau told Adult Basic Education English class students of the routes immigrants from Quebec took to the northeastern United States, the 10-hour shifts they had in mills and the prejudices they faced throughout Maine. ABE classes help students to prepare for post-secondary schools such as universities and community colleges.
Bonneau, a retired English teacher and former assistant school superintendent, asked students in the March 6 class to consider the similarities and differences between immigrants to Lewiston today and in the past. A student said he thought Lewiston had more tolerance than years ago.
“That made my heart feel good,” Bonneau said after the class. “I really think we are working hard in this community to assure that there is a certain level of tolerance.”
The pictures she showed of the Lewiston area illustrated how much Franco-Americans built and how they became well-known parts of the city. The structures included the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as well as F.X. Marcotte Furniture.
Bonneau encouraged students to consider ways of furthering their education and remembered how she got her father’s support to attend the University of Maine at Orono.
“I think that is what America is all about. America is about opportunity. People who are ready to work hard,” she said after her presentation.
Bonneau told the students how special and important they were and hoped they go further their education and achieve their hopes and dreams.
College Transitions and Adult Basic Education instructor Amy Hatch said many of her students are immigrants and thought they could benefit from finding out they are not alone in their experiences and not the first to arrive in Lewiston from another country.
“The moment I met Doris I knew she had to meet my students and tell them all about the first immigrants that came to Lewiston, Maine, the French Canadians. She is such a wonderful speaker and her connections with the Gendron Franco Center show my students how those first immigrants made their way through and persevered,” Hatch said.
Bonneau serves as volunteer chair of the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College and a is volunteer and performer at the Franco Center as a member of the Maine Music Society.
Her presentation was the last part of a local history unit taught by Hatch at the community center. The center is located at 57 Birch St. in Lewiston.
by Michael Reagan
on March 12, 2018
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Bill Hensley shows how his Nissan Leaf gets recharged in advance of his upcoming Electric Car class during Lewiston Adult Education’s Spring Super Saturday on April 7.
Spring Super Saturday will have an environmental focus at Lewiston Adult Education next month.
Returning favorites shall appear alongside classes on Electric Cars, Organic Gardening and Butterflies on April 7 at Lewiston High School. A 4-H instructor will teach the Butterflies class, which is open to parents and children, and a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will explain the basics of Organic Gardening. Bill Hensley will pop the hood of a Nissan Leaf during his lesson on Electric Cars.
Hensley, who works as a technology support specialist for Lewiston Public Schools, has a YouTube Channel featuring videos about what he has learned driving a Leaf. In addition to showing how an electric car works, Hensley will talk about topics including recharging stations and how renewable energy is contributing more to the American electrical supply. His YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/user/bmhsonic.
Other classes with openings include CPR, First Aid & AED, Yoga and Meditation as well as Henna. Yoga and Meditation is a half-day class while CPR and Henna will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about Super Saturday or other classes, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or go to their website, www.lewiston.maineadulted.org.
by Michael Reagan
on March 5, 2018
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