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The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (MCIF) Center
June 23, 2010

There could be no greater service to the Bushwick community than the education that Maura Clarke-Ita Ford center provides. Students not only better themselves by improving their grasp of the English language, but also by developing a sense of community as both a New Yorker and an American. I was struck by the cultural diversity of both the faculty and the students themselves, but their differences served to foster a more dynamic learning environment. Despite their varied backgrounds, they all strived for a common goal to create a better life for themselves and their families. This is most apparent during the graduation ceremony where the year to year progress is most evident. The classes that graduate from the program have a sense of shared accomplishment, knowing that they have helped their fellow classmates obtain a new level of confidence in their language skills. This attitude was exemplified in the end of the year play, written and acted out by the students themselves, who showed no hesitations in expressing their newly developed skills. Truly, the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford center is a jewel of the Bushwick community.

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2010

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