The Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) will begin a new program called RoCo Readers in August for the 2017-2018 school year. The Believe in Reading Foundation has granted RCLC $30,000 over a three year period to fund this program.
RoCo Readers volunteers will tutor young struggling readers in first through third grade.
Claremont, Catalayah, and Roosa Elementary schools have signed up to participate. Initially 15 + tutors will be trained.
RCLC expects the RoCo Reader program to grow in the coming years. The program is based on Caring Grands (grandparents) which has been working towards increased reading proficiency in Creek County for the past ten years. The Creek County program began with eight tutors and in 2015 reported 136 students tutored by 58 Caring Grands at 11 schools!
Edel Godwin, director of RCLC, says, “This program is a quality resource to help children. When a struggling reader makes the leap to reader, it is a huge step towards their success in life.”
All RoCo Reader tutors will complete a one-day training and pass a background check. Tutors will work with children at school one-on-one, for thirty minutes, one day a week. The children will get to take home books they use with their tutors to create their at-home library.
Potential volunteers should contact the RoCo Readers Program Coordinator, Stacy Lucas at (918) 695-9004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-up now for the training session scheduled for Saturday, August 5th. Send a $30 deposit fee – to reserve your spot – the deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the training. Deposit can be mailed to:
Rogers County Literacy Council
1515 N Florence, Claremore, OK 74017
The literacy council has proudly served adult literacy in this community for 32 years and always has an ongoing need for tutors to work with adults. Volunteer sign up towards that effort is ongoing. To learn more about the adult literacy, contact Edel Godwin with RCLC 918-277-4331 or email email@example.com. Twice each year RCLC trains tutors to work with adults. “Open Minds” training will be offered in October on Saturday, October 14 and 21, 2017.
Funding for RCLC is provided by donations from our community and grants issued by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Sarkeys Foundation, Believe in Reading, the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, and United Way.
For information on adult literacy in Oklahoma, visit http://libraries.ok.gov/literacy/
Donations to RCLC can be made online at www.rocoread.org or by mail to Rogers County Literacy Council, 1515 N. Florence, Claremore OK. 74017.