Next training session is in January
The Audrain County Area Literary Council is currently calling for local citizens who would like to improve their reading and writing abilities. The voluntary service agency trains and provides tutors for adults with poor literacy skills.
The tutoring sessions are being offered, free of charge, to members of the community who may be preparing for high school equivalency exams, those who are learning English as a second language or those who simply wish to learn.
"We do this because we feel that when people are better readers, they are more equipped to be better citizens," Vice President Linda Heydt said.
The tutoring sessions will be held at predesignated locations within the community. Tutors are currently working with a student preparing to earn her high school equivalency certificate. Their sessions are being held in the Mexico Meadows community room, thanks to the kindness of the manager, Lloyd Keeney.
An ACALC tutor is also working with two siblings. The sister would like to improve upon her conversational English, while her brother is preparing for his citizenship test.
Five offenders at the Vandalia Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center are currently being trained as tutors. So far, the tutors-in-training are being described as excited, interested, positive and a creative joy to work with. The hope is that these women will be able to go on to train others within their communities, upon being released.
Though tutoring services are being offered free of charge, the council is accepting donations in order to purchase supplies, pay the director and manage an array of responsibilities. Three hundred dollars was donated Nov. 14 by the Altrusa Club. An application has been submitted for funding from the local Walmart and the Griffin Foundation.
The next training session for new tutors will be scheduled sometime in January. Director Beth Lower is available at 581-6600 to answer any questions that may arise about the council or the January training session.