Tuesday was a first for the New Dimension Literacy Council, Inc., as it presented its first Tutor/Learner Recognition Night. Judging by the response, it won't be the last.

Those involved in New Dimension, ranging from board members to learners, each received special recognition for their efforts. Certificates were handed out, as more than one beaming smile shined in the Charles Smith Room at the Ardmore Public Library on an evening paying tribute to volunteer efforts and the achievements of those willing to learn and make a better life for themselves.

In total, 16 tutors were honored, along with 39 learners. The learners make up several different categories, such as citizenship, adult basic language, English as a second language and youth.

"This is our first recognition event, but we plan on having more in the future," said Carolyn Pirtle, executive director. "It's a way of showing appreciation, and everybody likes to be recognized."

Pirtle said tutor volunteers make a commitment of one year to the program and spend an hour or two a week working with learners. Tutors come from variety of backgrounds, including former teachers.

"They want to help people," Pirtle said. "There are so many people that can't read. They recognize that and want to help people better their lives."

Pirtle said the learners work toward their citizenship or their GEDs, with some having been in the program for as many as two to three years.

"They just keep coming and want to continue to learn," Pirtle said.

Call Pirtle at (580) 221-3222.