NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) –Serenading GED recipient and Northampton city council president Bill Dwight, Young @ Heart nearly stole the show.
Dwight never graduated from high school. He, amongst other adult GED grads honored at The Academy of Music during The Literacy Project’s commencement. “We’re helping adults who never graduated from high school get their GED and move on with their lives and make a better life for themselves and their family,” said the program’s Executive Director, Judith Roberts.
Maddow Cum Laude, the benefit for The Literacy Project drew attention to the financially strapped non-profit. Recently things had gotten so tight; they had to cut night classes. So the project reached out to national television host Rachel Maddow to see if she’d speak at their commencement.
Maddow got her start on radio stations in Holyoke and Northampton. She still lives locally which is why she also says it’s important to give back to the community where she got her start. “People think of me as a New Yorker, a national figure, but even national figures live places! I live here, and I love this town and all the community supporting projects. I think The Literacy Project is the most important one,” she smiled.
Which is why out of all the commencement speaking offers she received, Maddow only accepted this one.
Roberts says the money raised from today’s event will be enough to keep their doors open through next year.
For information on how you can help the literacy project, click here.