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June 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

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Sharing a love of learning at People's Learning Center


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Eliza Hodge, Georgia Rogers and facilitator Julia Foreman read about influential African-American scientists in a recent session of The People's Learning Center. The adult-education nonprofit, which focuses on teaching reading, writing, math and public speaking, started in the late 1990s out of Rogers' home. The classes moved to various sites around Seattle's Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill before finding a home at Ebony Designs beauty parlor in the Central Area. Rogers, who was born in Louisiana, attended school until the third grade and then worked in the fields. Throughout her adult life, she has worked to improve her education by attending night school and organizing The People's Learning Center. "I didn't get it while I was young, but I want it while I'm old," Rogers said. "I love learning. I want to know what is going on with the world." Classes will break for the rest of June and July and resume in August. For information, call 206-325-8308.

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