November 15, 2012
I have been a Reading Works tutor for almost 2 years. Throughout my entire life, I have been an avid reader and writer, embracing these skills as "core blessings." Whenever I consider illiteracy - - a huge disadvantage for so many across the world - - I have an urgent wish to help. That wish became a reality for me once I retired from my 46-year career as an RN. My very first retirement "project" was to join the Volunteer Program at Reading Works. The 16+ hours of Orientation blew me away with its breadth and depth. I learned so much. Next came my acquaintance with Reading Works' staff, truly a remarkably dedicated and ever-supportive group. As I began with my first student (a bright and highly educated man from Kurdistan), I discovered the wealth of teaching tools that Reading Works has compiled, a library just bursting with helpful resources. Currently, I am working with a Vietnamese learner, a woman whose over-arching goal has been to become a U.S. citizen. For this, she's needed to improve all of her literacy skills and prepare for her Citizenship examinations, both oral and written. Yesterday, she passed with flying colors! During my tenure as a tutor, I've watched with awe the commitment and hard work of Reading Works' administration. This is a tightly-run ship, every day a productive and successful contribution to the community. Reading Works deserves every shred of assistance possible.
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