Making history: Victor woman first in three generations to attain diploma

Posted in the Ravalli Republic on May 23, 2015 4:25 pm  • 

Danielle Pirolo and Dixie Stark celebrating graduation day.

Danielle Pirolo couldn’t have been happier as she waited for Literacy Bitterroot Executive Director Dixie Stark to finish placing a tassel on her graduation cap. Pirolo was the first in three generations of her family to earn a high school diploma.

VICTOR – It would be hard to imagine a happier face.

Nineteen-year-old Danielle Pirolo was beaming last Tuesday afternoon as she patiently waited for Literacy Bitterroot executive director Dixie Stark to finish hanging the tassel on her graduation cap.

It was a day that had been a long time in coming for the Victor woman’s family.

Neither her mother, father nor grandmother had earned their high school diploma. Some bit of life got in the way for each one of them to fulfill that dream.

For a time, it didn’t look like Pirolo would either.

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A dream realized: Corvallis woman earns G.E.D. through Literacy Bitterroot

Posted on Ravalli Republic August 25, 2014 8:00 pm  • 

Kristina and Dixie celebrate in August 2014

Literacy Bitterroot Executive Director Dixie Stark snaps a photo of Kristina Hare, one of the program’s most recent graduates.

CORVALLIS – For the past 12 years, Kristina Hare has dreamed about this day.

Resting comfortably in her motorized wheelchair on the front law of her Corvallis home, Hare is being fitted with a graduation gown, cap and tassel by a beaming Dixie Stark, executive director of Literacy Bitterroot, in preparation for her graduation photo.

A few weeks ago, she opened the envelope that contained the high school equivalency diploma that she’s now shown to just about everyone she knows.

“I’ve wanted this since before I had my first child 12 years ago,” Hare said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do for them. I wanted to be a good example of what you can do if you just try.”

Hare was born without legs and an arm. Since her first son was born, she’s used a wheelchair.

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