Rogers County Literacy Council is seeking tutors! Tutor training will be offered on October 7 and October 14. Read on to learn how YOU can make a difference in Rogers County!
Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) adult literacy tutor training is taking place soon. Training is two days of workshops in Claremore.
Day one, called “Open Minds” tutor training, will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 7 at the Will Rogers Library located at 1515 N. Florence, Claremore. The literacy council provides lunch.
Day two, training begins at 10:00 am (until approximately 1:30 pm) Saturday, October 14.
What is a literacy tutor? A tutor meets once a week with an adult learner to work on improving reading, and writing or spoken English skills. A tutor prepares a lesson, helps a learner reach individual goals such as reading to a child, reading household documents such as a grocery list or medication instructions. A tutor can help a learner prepare for citizenship, improve work opportunities, and improve quality of life. Tutoring is a unique volunteering experience; you get the opportunity to help a member of your community and learn new skills. A learner gets the opportunity to participate more effectively in their family and community life.
This year RCLC is reaching out throughout Rogers County to provide local access to tutors outside Claremore. Edel Godwin from RCLC hopes to hear from retired teacher’s organizations and social groups willing to provide information to their members about the Open Minds workshops. Godwin reminds readers, “You do not have to have had teaching experience to participate, simply if you have those skills we are especially eager to hear from you.”
There is no training cost to volunteers. A $35.00 deposit secures a place. The deposit is returned when training is completed. (Deposits are requested because a trainer is supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Literacy Office, a minimum of 10 guaranteed participants is required. In the event a prospective tutor does not participate, the deposit becomes a donation to literacy.)
To sign up, stop by the literacy office at the Will Rogers Library during office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, or contact Edel Godwin director@ROCOread.org 918-277-4331.
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.
For any questions, please contact Edel Godwin at director@ROCOread.org, 918-277-4331 (this number is forwarded to a cell phone outside business hours).
On another happy note, CF Industries recently donated to the literacy cause!
Partners for Literacy
CF Industries showed support for literacy September 5 when the company donated $2,000.00 to support literacy efforts in Rogers County. Pictured here is Tim Sullivan from CF industries and Edel Godwin, Director of Rogers County Literacy Council.