Sherrill Trimpey was recently awarded the Bea Blatner Award from the York County Literacy Council for her exceptional service as a tutor.

Trimpey started tutoring with the York County Literacy Council 37 years ago, shortly after the council was founded. She retired from tutoring this year.

The Shrewsbury resident's father died a week before she was supposed to start training as a tutor all those years ago, according to a news release from the council. She considered canceling but reminded herself that when one door closes, another opens.

“Each new student was another new door to open and enjoy," Trimpey said, according to the news release.

The Bea Blatner Award was established in 2002 in memory of longtime volunteer Beatrice Blatner. The award now goes to tutors who exhibit the exemplary qualities Blatner displayed during her 20 years of tutoring students in York County.

According to the release, Trimpey was just the tutor for the award, which she received at the council's 40th celebration. Trimpey tutored one student who came from Hong Kong for three years. Later, that student's sister came to York County and was tutored by Trimpey. To this day, Trimpey is still friends with the sisters and has even visited one in Hong Kong.

Trimpey enjoyed helping students learn common sense and how to take care of themselves during her time as a tutor. She also enjoyed the stories her students told her about their home countries.

"When you teach immigrants, you hear stories of other lands and the struggles people have, but they also have their dreams," she said in the news release. "They believe in the dream that America is the place where they can come to work, raise their families and live in peace, free from persecution, poverty and violence. That dream inspires them to persevere and become part of the wonderful and diverse mainstream that makes America a great nation."

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