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Drake’s Adult Literacy Center seeking volunteer tutors

News PhotoThe Drake University Adult Literacy Center is calling for volunteers interested in tutoring adults on reading, writing and comprehension skills.

Training sessions will take place on Friday, April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in room B6A of Drake’s School of Education, 3206 University Ave.

Prospective tutors must attend both sessions in order to obtain adequate preparation. They will examine the causes of reading difficulties as well as the instructional methods available to help adult readers.

Volunteers are asked to commit to tutoring an adult reader for one to two hours a week for a year or longer. All tutors receive instructional materials and ongoing support.

“Tutoring an adult is a way to have a direct and positive impact in another person’s life and, indirectly, in the live of their families,” said Anne Murr, the center’s coordinator. “Better reading skills often lead to enhanced self-esteem, improvements in daily living and interest in lifelong learning.”

The Adult Literacy Center has been part of the Drake University School of Education since 1976. It is staffed by volunteers from the Drake and greater Des Moines community who are dedicated to literacy and community outreach.

For more information and a tutor application, visit the Adult Literacy Center’s web site or contact Anne Murr at 515-271-3982, or anne.murr@drake.edu.