SOAR celebrates Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    On Oct. 7, U.S. House of Representatives voted 412-0 to declare the week of October 18-23, 2009 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, according to Washington County SOAR! director, Marji Morris.
    Residents of Washington County can take part in that celebration by signing up to be a tutor for Washington County SOAR!
    The local SOAR! office is holding tutor training on Oct. 20, 22, 27, and 29. Each session will last from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Community Learning Center.
    According to Morris,  due to growing student numbers, trained tutors are in short supply. The training is done in four 3-hour sessions. After that tutoring typically takes 1 1/2 hours per week.
    Tutors will work one on one with a student. SOAR! supplies the training, materials, and meeting place. No tutoring is done in private homes. Tutors and students arrange sessions at a mutually agreeable time.
    "We hope to be able to add ten or fifteen new tutors at this training," Morris said. "We've had several new students sign up, and we want to be able to provide them with assistance. Currently, only six volunteers have signed up for the October training."
    Training is typically offered twice a year, depending on student numbers.
    SOAR! volunteers offer tutoring in basic reading, advanced comprehension and vocabulary, English as a Second Language, math, and pre-GED, depending on student need and goals.
    "We don't do a 'canned' program," Morris said. "When a new student comes in, I do an assessment and then we select materials to fit the student's level and his or her particular goals. Our tutors devise individual lesson plans to match the student."
    Anyone interested in signing up for tutoring should call the Washington County SOAR office at 896-1515 to reserve a spot in the tutor training class. New tutors will receive a certificate and a book bag with tutoring supplies.
    "Tutoring is very fulfilling for the tutor as well as for the student," Morris noted. "At the end of a lesson, it's gratifying for me to see both the tutor and student smiling."
    Those interested in obtaining reading help from SOAR should also call the local office. They are accepting new students at this time.
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