Madison County: Literacy program seeks tutors

Madison County Reads Ahead, a literacy program for adults, needs more volunteer tutors to meet the needs of adults seeking literacy services, according to Morris Atwood, Madison County literacy coordinator.

"Every week we get calls from adults who need help with their English skills," Atwood said. "Many of them are looking for help to prepare for the GED Exam."

Madison County Reads Ahead is now two years old and the word is getting around that we offer one-to-one tutoring services at times convenient for the student," Morris said.

The program, which began in 2000, grew out of Project Read at the Oneida Public Library. It helped adults learn Basic English and immigrants seeking to learn English as a second language.

Atwood 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," Atwood stated.

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

The training is for volunteer tutors from all parts of Madison County. Literacy services are available in Bridgeport, Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Hamilton, Morrisville, and Oneida, and additional tutors are needed in each of these communities. Tutoring sessions take place in the public libraries in these communities.

"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."

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

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