Spread lit­er­acy: Help adults learn to read

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The Charles County Lit­er­acy Coun­cil Inc., a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, has been pro­vid­ing free one-on-one adult (18 and older) lit­er­acy tu­tor­ing in Charles County for the past 52 years. We pro­vide tu­tor­ing in read­ing, spell­ing, ba­sic math, and English for Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages (ESOL). As­sis­tance is also pro­vided to pre­pare for the Armed Ser vices 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 make their ev­ery­day chal­lenges and fears that their in­abil­ity to read will be dis­cov­ered. Adult learn­ers have var­ied per­sonal, pro­fes­sional and ed­u­ca­tional goals. When adults take 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 great ef­forts of our new out­reach pro­gram, we have be­gun to make even fur­ther strides in get­ting the word out about CCLC.

Our tu­tors are trained and ded­i­cated in helping their adult learner achieve his or her goals. Cur­rently, we have an ac­tive tu­tor­ing base of 57 tu­tors. As a re­sult of our out­reach pro­gram, the de­mand for tu­tors has in­creased.

We will be spon­sor­ing a one-day tu­tor work­shop on Oct. 8, from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the United Way Build­ing in La Plata. There is a fee of $30 to help de­fray costs of ma­te­ri­als. 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 ser vice of elim­i­nat­ing il­lit­er­acy around us.

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

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