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Maria Tovar Becomes 100th Family Literacy Academy GED Recipient


Last updated 6/16/2019 at 10:03am

Maria Tovar earned GED and is headed to college

Maria Tovar just achieved two major milestones: she obtained her high school equivalency diploma (GED) and became the 100th person to accomplish that goal with the help of the Lake Wales Family Literacy Academy.

Cleaning houses for a living and taking care of her 5- and 8-year-old children kept her so busy that there were times she thought about quitting. She dropped out of Lake Wales High School her junior year and wasn't sure she would ever be able to earn a GED or go to college.

"They gave me a lot of motivation," Tovar said of the free program that has served more than 1,500 area adult...

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