CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local organization that helps people improve their literacy skills is marking 40 years of service.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle recently held a Student Achievement Ceremony, recognizing 76 adults who have made improvements in their literacy and English language education.

According to a release, these adult students included some who have completed an education program, some who passed their U.S. citizenship interview, and some who completed more than 100 instruction hours during the year.

"In the last 40 years, or since we began recording our history, we have served 2,925 students. By the end of this year, we’ll hit 3,000,” said Executive Director Ellen M. Osborne. “This service has been possible because of the generosity of 2,200 volunteers, who have given of their time and talent to help someone learn to read."

During the ceremony, Delegate Sally Hudson presented a state commendation, House Resolution Number 465, honoring the organization's 40th anniversary.

Literacy Volunteers offer literacy tutoring to adult learners as well as citizenship classes.