By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Education | Issue: April 2010
Rogers County Literacy Council tutor Patti Glaze works with her adult learner Chuck DeHart in the Will Rogers Library. Glaze and DeHart meet once a week for an hour to help him meet his goal of improving his reading skills.
Do you like to make a difference in other people’s lives? Becoming a Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) tutor just might be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. The council has scheduled a training session for Saturday, April 10 at the Will Rogers Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those interested in becoming a reading tutor.
“We tutors watch our students gain new confidence, and find new ways to contribute to their family and their community,” says tutor Jerry Jones, who is also the RCLC tutor trainer. “Being a tutor is especially rewarding when a student realizes all the opportunities now open to him.”
Whether it is basic English or English as a Second Language (ESL), tutors share a student’s pride in accomplishing their goals. “The change in their outlook is apparent as they see what they can do,” Jones adds.
“Tutors are always needed,” says Carol Round, executive director. “However, with the downturn in the economy, we are seeing many more people who need assistance to learn to read and write and improve their skills.”
RCLC tutors Patti Glaze (left) and Jennifer Curtin discuss the adult learner resources at the literacy office. Age is not a factor when it comes to volunteering, as these two represent opposite ends of the spectrum. Glaze is 82 years old, and Curtin is 28.
There is a one-time materials fee of $15. For more information, or to reserve a space, call (918) 277-4331 or email eat1@eau1eav1eaw1.
Prospective tutors must be at least 18 years of age and able to meet with a student for an hour session once or twice a week. The Rogers County Literacy Council, a United Way agency, offers basic English and ESL services to adults 16 and over. Tutoring is free, but students are asked to purchase their study materials.
The literacy office is located in the Will Rogers Library and is open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.