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New Adult Literacy Tutors Certified

For Immediate Release

For more information please contact:
Nicole Stroud for the Literacy Council of Independence County
870-793-5912
info@literacyindependence.org

New Adult Literacy Tutors Certified

(October 18, 2010, Batesville, AR) – The Literacy Council of Independence County, a nonprofit that helps adults improve their reading and English skills, relies on trained volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring for students. A total of seven new volunteers participated in the Literacy Council's September and October tutor training workshops. Trained tutors are matched with students on the Literacy Council's waiting list, then meet two hours per week at public facilities such as libraries, churches, and schools. There are currently over 30 Literacy Council students waiting for tutors.
The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2003) estimates that 25-29% of Independence County adults read at Level 1 or below (Below Basic), and 52-59% read at Level 2 or below (Basic, defined as “skills necessary to perform simple and everyday literacy activities”). Volunteers with the Literacy Council of Independence County address these problems.

“Our volunteers help improve the quality of life in our community by sharing their knowledge,” said Nicole Stroud, Director of the Literacy Council of Independence County. “Without them, we would not be able to provide educational services for aspiring adult students.”
For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor for the Literacy Council of Independence County, call 870-793-5912 or email info@literacyindependence.org.
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