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Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers

“It is amazing to see the results when an adult who has struggled with lack of reading ability learns new skills,” says a volunteer reading tutor with the Van Buren County Literacy Council. “I have such a feeling of excitement and joy.”

The feeling is mutual among the tutors of the Van Buren County Literacy Council which has been matching tutors and adult students for over 20 years. They maintain an office and a classroom in the Career Center/Adult Education building in Clinton (old hospital). Tutoring also takes place in several locations at Fairfield Bay. All training, books and materials are free to both the tutor and student.

The Council is seeking more volunteer tutors who are able to give one to two hours a week to help some of the 2,000 Van Buren County residents who have difficulty with reading a newspaper, a job application, or even reading to their children. Tutoring is done one-on-one to provide privacy to adults who have struggled with their reading. No teaching experience is necessary, just a willingness to help.

Many tutors talk about their tutoring experience by saying: “It is extremely rewarding.” Now is the time to decide to make a difference in someone’s life by teaching them to read! A free tutor training session will be held soon. Please call at 253-1873 for further information.

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