Coordinator Chandra Rice said she currently has a list of seven adults who have expressed an interest in learning how to read. Some have been waiting more than a month to get started because of a lack of tutors.
Rice said long delays increase the likelihood that someone who has come forward asking for help will give up on overcoming their illiteracy before they have even begun.
“We are in desperate need of as many tutors as we can get, but if we can just get these seven learners taken care of right now, that would make us happy,” Rice said.
Rice added that tutors and students determine their own schedule, and every effort is made to team individuals who live near each other to make getting to reading sessions easier.
The training for tutors, which is open to anyone 18 or older, will be held at the Jasper Area Family Service Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m on Tuesday.
There is no cost to attend. All materials, as well as lunch, will be provided by the Literacy Council.
Some of the funds used to host the tutor training will come from next month’s Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee.
It is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper.
Teams of four can participate for $100. Alphabet sponsorships are also available at $25 and $50 levels for individuals who are unable to attend but would like to support the cause.
Each team selects a name as well as a look. Several different prizes are awarded, including the coveted Bee Trophy.
The Literacy Council is also seeking individuals or groups who are willing to visit a local class at lease once during the school year to read to the children or let the children read to them.
For more information about any of these programs, contact Rice at 387-0511, ext. 5792.