It's a proud moment for Esperanza DeRosa.
"I feel like a winner being here since February this year," said Esperanza DeRosa, a student with the Literacy Volunteers program at Family Centers.
She, and many others, are celebrating the progress they've made this year learning the English language.
"It's incredible, the great human beings in this institution. How I learn, improve my English every single day," said DeRosa.
DeRosa is a student with Family Center's Literacy Volunteers program, which offers free literacy, English language instruction and adult education to more than 600 residents each year in Fairfield County.
Tuesday, they hosted their annual recognition ceremony.
"Tonight is to honor our students and their achievements and of course to recognize the dedication of our volunteer tutors," said Lucia Cook, program manager of the Literacy Volunteers program, "because the program is run by volunteers."
Betty Goldstein is just one of more than 120 volunteer tutors and says it's very rewarding.
"You are very happy for all the times that they come, all the hard work they put into it, all the times they feel like they can't do it anymore, but they do it anyway," said Goldstein, "and that's a wonderful feeling to help them with."
DeRosa says the classes offer more than learning English.
"I even gained good friends," said DeRosa. "That is in life, good friends is better than money for me."
At all different levels, the students are encouraged to write poems and stories, which are published at the end of the term.
"Very meaningful stories about their lives, things that are important to them," said Cook. "It's a wonderful piece."