A Seaside student is looking for help to improve her English abilities. She has a heavy work schedule, but can meet early mornings during the week. The Volunteer Literacy Program helps local residents gain or improve basic literacy skills.

Students are unable to enroll in regular classes because of long work hours, or a lack of transportation and childcare. Volunteers instruct adults in English as a Second Language, reading, writing and sometimes math. Trainings are held regularly each term, and tutor orientations are provided on an ongoing, individual basis. The program provides free study materials. Most volunteers commit to one-to-two hours a week with their student.

Prior teaching experience or knowledge of a language other than English is not needed. The tutor also must be able to relate to the learner as a peer, not as teacher and student.

Call Eileen Purcell at 503-338-2557 or email her at epurcell@clatsopcc.edu.

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