Volunteer Cindy Berkey currently tutors an English as a Second Language (ESL) student for the READ Adult Literacy Program.
"I enjoy working with students who are highly motivated and clear about what they want to gain from the READ Program," Berkey said. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to help them achieve their goals."
Almost one-third of the READ students are in an ESL program. The READ Program also tutors students working on the GED and continues to help other students improve their reading.
Each of the more than 30 tutors meets with his/her student one or two times per week for about 60-90 minutes. The materials from the READ library and the tutoring services are free.
The READ Program will begin training for anyone in the community who would like to volunteer to become a tutor. The training will be covered in three sessions.
Volunteers need to attend each session. These three sessions are used to acquaint tutors with the READ material, the program and the skills needed to help an adult discover the joy of reading or speaking English.
Leslie Kirchoff and Dottie Haase will conduct the training on May14-15 and May 20. All sessions will be held from 5 to 8:45 p.m. in the small conference room of the Alpena County Library.
Haase emphasizes that volunteers do not need to be teachers to work one-to-one with a student. Each tutor works on the skills needed by his or her student. To register or for more information, call 356-6188, ext. 15.