A typical New Year’s resolution involves things like losing weight, giving up a bad habit, or getting more organized. While those goals are important to the person making them, the Rockingham County Literacy Project is asking the people of Rockingham County to expand their 2010 New Year’s resolutions and help their fellow community members.
Nationwide, one in seven adults cannot read, write or do math above an elementary-school level. The Rockingham County Literacy Project is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering critical education programs that help American adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math, and English as a second language.
“We exist through the help of dedicated community volunteers,” said Jean Light Kinyon, Executive Director of the Rockingham County Literacy Project. “We match trained volunteers with adults so they can form long-term bonds and work together to continue building the students’ reading, writing, or language skills. It is a longer-term commitment than a one-time volunteer project, but the benefits to both people are invaluable and have an exponential impact.”
The Rockingham County Literacy Project will hold free Adult Literacy Tutor Training classes on Mondays and Thursdays, January 18, 21, 25, and 28, 2-5 p.m., at its 705-A Washington Street, Eden office. Prospective tutors should plan to attend all four classes and may contact Jean at 336-627-0007. You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rockingham County Literacy Project is a member of ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, and is one of 1,200 community-based organizations that make up the ProLiteracy network.