Posted by Patrick McMahon

On March 1, 2018 our Rotary lunch speaker was Rhonda Serafin, the manager of Adult and Family Literacy at High School District 214 Community Education, the recipient of a recent Rotary grant.  Rhonda spoke about the new high school equivalency certificate (formerly known as the GED).  The GED was revised in 2014 to ensure that those that pass the test have the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in their lives.  The GED contains subtests for reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and is offered in Palatine, Evanston, Crystal Lake and Chicago.  District 214 Community Education received a grant from our Rotary Club in the amount of $1938, which was used to purchase vouchers that allow students to purchase practice tests and pay the $30 fee to take the GED exam.  Without these vouchers many students would not be able to practice for or take the exam.  Testing services estimate that only 60% of current high school graduate would pass the GED.  If you’d like to take a free practice GED test for yourself, visit the following websites:, or


Also, to view the full video of Jack Blaine speaking about the history of polio and Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio that was shown at our March 1st meeting, it can be found at