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Beginnings III Foreward

The Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC) proudly welcomes you to Beginnings III. The pieces in this third and largest collection of poems, essays, and short stories were selected from 255 entries and 170 adult student writers in Ohio. These authors and their instructors were honored at a statewide conference in Columbus in the spring of 2000.

Many people have contributed to the success of this effort. Jim Bowling, Assistant Director - Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education within the Ohio Department of Education, has contributed his enthusiastic personal and professional support since the project began. The project would not have begun without the vision, encouragement, and hard work of Nancy Padak, the OLRC faculty advisor. Janie Johnson, the new Director of the OLRC, generously committed the time and resources of the Center to the project.

Bryan Bardine developed and supervised all the behind-the-scenes forms and procedures and worked with OLRC staff on the arrangements for the conference and publication of Beginnings III. Special thanks go to: Penny Graves for formatting; Maureen Plum for conference arrangements; Carrie Spence as liaison with publications; Lisa White, Dianna Baycich, Connie Sapin, Kathy Pierce, and Dale Sherman for reading submissions; and Andrea Yates and Jackie Pitzulo for typing and mailing.

The content of Beginnings III is truly authentic literature. Adult literacy students can easily identify with the emotions and events in the lives of these authors whose biographies are included in this volume for the first time. Teachers will find short, interesting readings for classroom use under the themes of Family, Learning, Nature, Feelings, and Reminiscences. This volume joins Beginnings and Beginnings II online at The staff of the OLRC wishes you an enjoyable beginning adventure in reading the work of Ohio writers.

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