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Women's class feeds hunger for knowledge
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Wanda Berry, center, helps Ashley Warren, left, and Brittany Warren work on assignments Thursday during a Ready, Set, Grow class at the Senior Center in Pembroke. (Crissie Elrick)

Some women in Bryan County are feeding their appetite for knowledge thanks to the Ready, Set, Grow GED program being offered in Pembroke.
Ready, Set, Grow is a program designed for women of all ages who are interested in obtaining their GED.  The program began in July and is a collaboration of the United Way of Bryan County and Bryan County Family Connection.
Now in its 11th week of classes, instructor Shanna Waters Davis said they see an average of 10 students per week.
“The ones we have here now are very determined and they are very consistent – I don’t see them miss class,” she said. “I think it’ll end up better than we anticipated. We’ll have more positive results on the test scores and completions of the GED.”
Students hone their skills in subjects like math, language arts writing and reading, science and social studies as they prepare to take the high school diploma equivalency tests after the completion of the program, Davis said.
Using teaching tools like worksheets, GED workbooks from resources like McGraw-Hill and the Internet, Davis said each student writes a weekly essay. And she encourages the women to focus on math and writing, as well as a subject of their choice.
“It’s important that we find one thing they are good at and promote that and keep them working in that subject so they have something positive to keep them coming back,” Davis said.
Read more in the Oct. 12 edition of the News.

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