March 3, 2010 article by Karin Elton published in the Marshall Independent

She's never spoken in front of a large audience before and doesn't like to bring attention to herself, but knows it's for a good reason.

Pily Rodriquez of Hanley Falls spoke Feb. 22 in St. Paul as part of Legislative Day, a day to advocate for adult education.

"Pily is uncomfortable drawing attention to herself, but she did an awesome job at the Capitol," said Pat Thomas, the coordinator for Adult Basic Education Southwest Minnesota.

"We here at this program feel very it's very important to have our students be more involved in the legislative process," said Thomas. "It's a tremendous value to hear the stories shared. It puts meaning in what the program does and what we have to offer."

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