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Kent Literacy Volunteers turning the pages on 30 years; still going

December 21, 2010

Thirty years of giving the gift of reading.

Kent County. – Read this: The program is very successful.
There is the Bolivian émigré who has progressed from being a student to being a tutor for the past two years.
There is the Japanese student who has returned to Japan to help English-speaking visitors to her region. The Chinese émigré from Singapore who teaches Chinese in a local college and an elementary cultural program in a local school.

The Literary Volunteers of Kent County will be 30 years old in March 2011 and their record is extraordinary. 
“We currently have 60 matches (tutoring pairs), 20 Basic Literacy and 40 ESL (English as a Second Language).  There are 52 active tutors. Some take more than one student,” said Program Director Dorothy Brindamour, who makes the matches and oversees the program. “We have trained over 775 tutors and have helped more than 1,000 students.”
According to Brindamour, Kent County has more than 17,000 adults who have poor reading skills and 14,000 for whom English is not their primary language.
“One student, who was reading at a 2nd grade level at the beginning, can now read at a 7th grade level over a three-year period. This student is a high school graduate,” said Brindamour. “Students may start at any time we can match them with a tutor and the student controls when they stop.  If their tutor leaves and they wish to continue, we find them another tutor.  Some students leave when they complete their goals – GED, start a formal school program, etc.
“We want to reach people who struggle with reading, have difficulty getting ahead because of lack of skill or education; or, those who need help with speaking English and need help understanding life in the U.S.,” she added.
If you can’t read this story, maybe it’s time you did. If you can read it, maybe it’s time you share it with someone who would like to.
The Literacy Volunteers of Kent County are accepting new students now into their new round of programs. Learn to speak, read and write in English. It is confidential, convenient and FREE.
In just a few hours per week, you can improve your English speaking, reading and writing skills. You will be paired with a tutor, who will instruct you, one-on-one, according to your individual needs, which might include GED preparation or conversational English.
Lessons are scheduled at your convenience. All exchanged information remains confidential.
For more information, call or email Literacy Volunteers of Kent County at 401-822-9103 or lvkc@coventrylibrary.org.

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