Sunday, September 4, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Delta Co MS :: St Clair Co MI :: Marble Falls TX

Volunteer group helps adults improve their reading skills
Daily Progress: 8.13.2016 by Bob Darden

For years, the Greenwood Mentoring Group has been focused on helping youngsters do better in school.

Now the volunteer group is raising its sights, partnering with Delta Council's Adult Literacy Program to give private, oneonone tutoring to those who want to improve their reading skills.

The program started earlier this month, and Delta Council is supplying the tutors.

"We're taking another step to uplift the community," said Bill Clay, the founder of the mentoring program.

The tutoring program features one hour-long session a week over 10 weeks.

Clay said he's grateful to former state Rep. Linda Whittington for making it all happen, saying she definitely "got the ball rolling."

Whittington introduced Clay to Chip Morgan, Delta Council's executive vice president? Frank Howell, the council's director of public affairs and communications? and Margaret Cotton, project coordinator for the council's Adult Literacy Program.

The Delta Council Adult Literacy Program, which serves 18 Delta and part Delta counties, was established in 2002.

"The program has been an amazing success. It's touched a lot of lives. It's nice that the Greenwood Mentoring Group is bringing it back to Greenwood," Howell said.  READ MORE @

GED prep center expands, seeks tutors
Times Herald: 8.15.2016 by Nicole Hayden

Two local nonprofits are teaming up to expand adult education services in St. Clair County.

Working together, Literacy and Beyond and Blue Water Center for Independent Living expect to help six times as many GED prep students.

“The collaboration is key,” said Mike Hinkley, Literacy and Beyond director. “(BWCIL) is just like us, they just want to make a difference and now we are able to provide things to students that we wouldn’t have been able to.”

With all 70 student spots filled for the GED program, Literacy and Beyond is looking for volunteer GED tutors to commit a few hours each week to answer student questions and teach math and English concepts.

Jessie Wiegand, Literacy and Beyond program manager, said she hopes to find 12 to 16 tutors.

“Our tutors are like coaches,” Wiegand said. “It’s not just an academic piece, but sometimes it’s listening to what is going on in a student’s life and how their day is.”  READ MORE @

Literacy Highland Lakes seeking volunteers . . .
101Highland Lakes: 8.16.2016 by Daniel Clifton

Reading remains one of the most beneficial skills a person can acquire to advance in education, careers and just in life. Yet many Highland Lakes adults struggle with reading and comprehension, especially those who settled in the area from other countries.

Fortunately, Literacy Highland Lakes offers free tutoring and classes for adults looking to become better readers, learn English, prepare for the General Educational Development test or work toward becoming a U.S. citizen.

“There’s definitely a growing demand,” said Shirley Brewer, a Literacy Highland Lakes board member and the volunteer coordinator.

One of the biggest needs is for English as a Second Language tutors in the Bertram area.  READ MORE @

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