Vail society column: Literacy Project recognizes volunteer tutors
EDWARDS — The Bookworm of Edwards hosted The Literacy Project of Eagle County in recognizing its volunteers on Friday. There were a slew of Reading Buddies to honor as well as math tutors, study friends and ESL tutors. It was inspirational to hear the stories of young and adult learners and their tutors. Commitments are forged, and progress in literacy is made while people learn real life skills.
Sloan Munter is the director of educational programs and talked about how dedicated tutor Robert Van Hyfte is to the program.
“Rob has been working with Sammy since April of 2011 and before that, he worked with another student. Rob worked with Sammy for over 140 hours. Rob lives in Summit County and drives over the pass to meet with Sammy once a week. If he is unable to get over Vail Pass, then he and Sammy have a one-hour phone meeting about homework and upcoming projects,” Munter said.
The Literacy Project tagline — Read Well. Speak Well. Live Well. — sums up how important and pivotal literacy is to students. The mission of The Literacy Project is to empower the Eagle Valley community members of all ages by offering free assistance in acquiring the English literacy skills that they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.
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Students set their own education and life goals and use real life materials such as newspapers and job applications. The instruction is practical, relevant to each student’s life and capitalizes on life experiences and knowledge.
Information on how to become a Literacy Project volunteer tutor is available online at http://www.theliteracy projecteaglecounty.org. There are online applications for students and tutors as well as adult learner registration forms.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.