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Volunteer tutors needed for adult readers

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Madelyn Davis, left, works with her tutor, Joanne Brown, a retired Drake English professor.

MEDIA CONTACT: Anne Murr, 515-271-3982, anne.murr@drake.edu

Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center is seeking volunteers to tutor adults learning to read.

“Tutoring an adult is a way to have a direct and positive impact in another person’s life and, indirectly, in the lives of families,” said Anne Murr, coordinator of the Drake Adult Literacy Center.

Training sessions for those interested in tutoring will be held in room 213 of Drake’s School of Education, 3206 University Ave., on the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tutors need to attend both sessions to obtain adequate preparation for helping adults improve their literacy skills. Better reading skills often lead to enhanced self-esteem, improvements in daily living and interest in lifelong learning.

“Working at the Literacy Center is, hands down, the most gratifying volunteer work I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot!” said Joanne Brown, professor emerita of English at Drake.

All tutors are volunteers who meet individually with a student for two one-hour sessions each week at the Adult Literacy Center. Tutors have flexible hours:

  • Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information and a tutor application, visit the Adult Literacy Center’s Web site or call Anne Murr at 515-271-3982.