(02/08/2002)
Submitted by Shelley Allen

The Calhoun County Laubach Literacy Council has received a $3,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation to support the formation of a volunteer literacy tutor group. Laubach Literacy Action is the oldest and largest volunteer literacy provider in the world, representing over 101,000 volunteers from across the world and providing over six million hours of assistance to new readers.

West Virginia Laubach Literacy, a state-wide affiliate of LLA, was founded to provide free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to adults. Last year, local programs served over 1,800 adult learners in West Virginia. The certified volunteer tutors help people to increase their reading, writing, and math skills, employability skills, and parenting skills.

Volunteer tutors will receive twelve hours' worth of training, to be held Saturday, April 6th and Saturday, April 13th at the Gilmer County ABE classroom site in Sand Fork, Gilmer County. Upon completion of the training, volunteers will be certified Laubach Literacy Tutors and will be available to assist new readers throughout Calhoun County. The Calhoun County Public Library and the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center are among the potential sites for student/tutor meetings.

Individuals, civic organizations, businesses,churches, and other groups are encouraged to become a part of this international literacy movement. Helping a new reader is a rewarding experience that will benefit both student and tutor, as well as improve Calhoun County's quality of life.

Interested parties should contact Phyllis Whipkey at the Calhoun County Library, 354-6300 or Shelly Allen at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 354-6151.


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