DCL Volunteer Receives Medal of Honor

Every year, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards the Americanism Medal to a naturalized citizen who has demonstrated outstanding integrity, trustworthiness and patriotism. This year, DCL’s Adult Literacy Program volunteer Virginia Cox earned this award!

Virginia Cox welcomed new U.S. citizens during a 2019 naturalization ceremony at our Parker branch.

Virginia began volunteering with DCL in 2018 as an organizer for our first Human Library™ event. She then began facilitating the Practice Your English conversation groups and has also worked as a one-to-one tutor for English learners. Her experience as a naturalized citizen allows her to empathize with and encourage the adult English learners in the program.

Virginia’s parents immigrated as refugees during the civil war in El Salvador; she stayed behind with her grandparents until her parents could safely bring her to the United States. Virginia learned English after coming to the U.S. and became naturalized in 2008.

She shows her patriotism through her actions in helping others achieve their own American dreams. In addition to volunteering for the Adult Literacy Program with DCL, Virginia also demonstrates her integrity and commitment to her community by volunteering with Schweiger Ranch and Best Buddies.

Virginia once said that she chose to live in Douglas County because she saw the library as a measure of the quality of the community. Her contributions as a volunteer have made DCL even stronger.

Because of the pandemic, the date of the ceremony at which Virginia will receive her medal and certificate has yet to be scheduled.

Written by Tiffany Curtin, Adult Literacy Specialist

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