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New Citizens Celebrated at Donor Event

President Judge Chad F. Kenney has the esteemed honor of regularly presiding over Naturalization Ceremonies at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, Pennsylvania.
But the hard work of becoming a citizen still impresses him.

Speaking at the Literacy Council’s Donor Coffee Reception in March 2016, President Judge Kenney described the “aha moments” that happen when a teacher helps a student open up a new world of understanding. He marveled at “the miracles that teachers and adult students create every day.”

The 2016 Donor Coffee Reception highlighted new U.S. Citizens, letting DCLC’s generous donors know the tremendous impact their gifts are making on adults who study with the Literacy Council.

Also speaking at the event was Madoussou Fofana, a DCLC student from Liberia who became a U.S. Citizen after working with her Volunteer Tutor Barbara Demps. Madoussou told of escaping the civil war in Liberia and living in two other countries before arriving in the United States 16 years ago.

“I hope to have my own business someday,” she said. “I have already voted in one election, for the governor of Pennsylvania. This fall I will vote in my first election for president. I am very happy and thankful to be an American citizen.”

DCLC Student Frida Sri Levi had become a U.S. Citizen just a few days before the event, with President Judge Kenney presiding at her naturalization ceremony. Frida thanked her Volunteer Tutor Carol Weiss for her help and inspiration, saying that Carol is like family to her since her family is so far away.

In his remarks, President Judge Kenney also encouraged new citizens to do more than vote, asking them to get involved and try to become leaders in their community.