Caz: Needed: Literacy volunteers

When I first started working as a literacy tutor in Madison County I was under the impression that I would be working with adult non-readers, learners who had limited or no ability to read and write," McCall said. "But I found out quickly that the overwhelming majority of our learners come to us because they want to complete their high school education and need help preparing to take the GED Exam.

The new Chittenango Public Library (formerly Oneida Savings Bank building) will be the setting for the next training scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. April 14, 17, 24 and 28.

"Typically, a tutor will work with a learner one day a week for two hours at a time convenient for the tutor and learner," Atwood said. "There is no charge for the training, materials, or the services."

Atwood, who is also a certified trainer of tutors, said Chittenango was selected for its central location in Madison County, its state of the art Community Room, and generous parking space. He reports that citizens in the Oneida area, and more recently in other communities of Madison County, have responded well to requests for volunteer tutors.

"We hope others will respond to the continuing need and attend the next training for tutors," he said.

To register for the training call Oneida Public Library at 363-3050, or Atwood at 761-2525, or e-mail matwood@midyork.org.

Cazenovia Read Ahead

Cazenovia Read Ahead is based at the Caz Public Library but has recently launched a new family literacy initiative located at 101 Nelson Street, the site of Caz-Cares. A collaboration between Caz-Cares, Cazenovia Public Library and Read Ahead, volunteers staff a drop-in pre-school learning space called the Story Room that offers reading and reading--related activities for children whose parents are visiting Caz-Cares. The program is open whenever Caz-Cares is open and also offers GED tutoring programs for adults. From more info call Cindy McCall at 391-3557.

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