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Literacy Project Seeks Volunteer Tutors in Sharp and Fulton Counties

February 8, 2011 - Batesville, AR -- The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, a nonprofit that helps adults improve their reading and English skills, now serves Fulton, Sharp and Independence Counties. OFLP was founded in 2007 as the Literacy Council of Independence County, and in December 2010 expanded to include Fulton and Sharp.

OFLP relies on trained volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students. Tutors meet with their students for two hours per week in public facilities such as libraries, churches, and schools. OFLP will hold its first tutor training workshop in Sharp County on Sunday, February 20th, from 2:30-5:00 p.m., at the Abundant Life Church, 26 Farm Road 101, Highland, AR.

“Our volunteers help improve the quality of life in our communities by sharing their knowledge,” said Nicole Stroud, Director of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Without them, we would not be able to provide educational services for aspiring adult learners.”

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy estimates that 1 of 7 Americans age 18 and over does not have the skills for postsecondary education; getting a job or a better job; helping their children with schoolwork; navigating day-to-day needs such as paying bills, taking care of health issues and practicing wellness; or understanding rental contracts or mortgages – all of which have devastating effects on self-esteem and self-confidence.

To register for the tutor training workshop, or for more information about the Literacy Project, please call 870-793-5912 or email info@literacyindependence.org.

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