Lit­er­acy Coun­cil seeks vol­un­teers

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Charles County Lit­er­acy Coun­cil, Inc., a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, has been pro­vid­ing free oneon-one adult (18 and older) lit­er­acy tu­tor­ing in Charles County for the past 52 years in read­ing, spell­ing, ba­sic math and English for speak­ers of other lan­guages (ESOL). As­sis­tance is also pro­vided to pre­pare for the Armed Ser­vices Vo­ca­tional Ap­ti­tude exam (ASVAB) and in ob­tain­ing one’s GED or cit­i­zen­ship.

Il­lit­er­acy car­ries a stigma for adult learn­ers, most of whom de­velop cop­ing mech­a­nisms to meet their ev­ery­day chal­lenges. Adult learn­ers have var­ied per­sonal, pro­fes­sional and ed­u­ca­tional goals. By tak­ing ad­van­tage of the ser­vices of­fered by the CCLC, they are tak­ing the first step to­ward be­com­ing self-suf­fi­cient, pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens in the county. Through the ef­forts of our new out­reach program, the de­mand for tu­tors has in­creased.

We will be spon­sor­ing a one-day free tu­tor work­shop 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18 at Christ Church Durham Par­ish in Nan­je­moy. Most of our work­shops have a fee to help de­fray costs, but this one is free thanks to a gen­er­ous grant from the United Way of Charles County. If you can read, you can teach some­one else to read. Visit our web­site, www.charle­scountylit­er­acy.org, or call us at 301-934-6488 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Our motto “Each One Teach One” can be met by vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pate in this com­mu­nity ser­vice of elim­i­nat­ing il­lit­er­acy around us.

Car­rie L. Dot­son, La Plata The writer is the pres­i­dent of the Charles County Lit­er­acy Coun­cil.

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