Literacy council to offer volunteer training

CF Industries showed support for literacy earlier this month when the company donated $2,000 to support literacy efforts in Rogers County.  Pictured, Tim Sullivan from CF industries (right) and Edel Godwin, director, Rogers County Literacy Council.

The Rogers County Literacy Council wants to open the minds of Rogers County residents by ensuring everyone possess the reading skills that can be so easily taken for granted.

As such, Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) will be offering adult literacy tutor training this October in the form of a two-day workshop.

Day one, called “Open Minds” tutor training, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct., and day two training begins 10 a.m. and lasts till 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Training will be held at the Will Rogers Library in Claremore, and lunch will be provided on Friday.

“Literacy tutors meet once a week with an adult learner to work on improving reading, and writing or spoken English skills,” said Edel Godwin, director, Rogers County Literacy Council. “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 — a person gets the opportunity to help a member of your community and learn new skills,” she said. “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.

Godwin said she hopes to hear from members of retired teacher’s organizations and social groups, who are willing to provide information to their members about the Open Minds workshops.

“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,” she said.

There is no training cost to volunteers, but $35 deposit secures a place.

The deposit is returned when training is completed.

To sign up, stop by the literacy office at the Will Rogers Library during office hours, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or to contact Edel Godwin, e-mail her at director@ROCOread.org or call 918-277-4331.

Donations to the RCLC may be made online at www.rocoread.org or by mail to Rogers County Literacy Council, 1515 N. Florence, Claremore OK. 74017.

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