This past spring, six residents from South Bay Correctional & Rehabilitation Facility (SBCRF) participated in an adult essay writing contest presented by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. The purpose was to showcase the writing skills and talents of students enrolled in adult education programs. The topic of the essay was to write a letter to your younger self. Hundreds of essays throughout South Florida were submitted for a chance to be showcased at the annual reception held in the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in April.
Of the 80 awards distributed that evening, six were given to students from SBCRF — it was a first for correctional education as well as the institution. Cherry Doctor, ABE Instructor for SBCRF, was present at the ceremony and accepted the six awards on the inmate’s behalf. The goal for the following year is to double the number of entries and award winners as well. Congratulations to the following winners: Robert Davis, Marcus Gosa, Joseph Kelley, and Aaron Rhone. Honorable Mentions: Kenneth Jones and Dominic Zakery.
A special note of recognition goes to Ms. Doctor and her ongoing devotion and dedication in enlightening minds, encouraging students, and engaging in rewarding activities for SBCRF students.
The Literacy Coalition is a not-for-profit organization committed to ensuring that every resident of Palm Beach County is able to read by ensuring that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need.
The Programs Department of South Bay Correctional & Rehabilitation Facility is dedicated to providing its clients with enhanced in-custody offender rehabilitation programming integrated with post-release support services. The enhanced intervention provides a path towards successful reintegration and transition through individualized learning with effective, evidenced-based programming in the areas of academics, vocational, cognitive behavioral, faith-based, and substance abuse. Our innovative approach treats and supports the culturally unique population served in an environment which fosters successful growth for all.