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Literacy Volunteers Seeks New Tutors For Stratford

Literacy Volunteers Executive Director Tami Jackson, second from left, shares a laugh with Mayor John Harkins at the grand opening of the Literacy Volunteers satellite office at Stratford Public Library. Volunteer training classes will begin shortly.
Literacy Volunteers Executive Director Tami Jackson, second from left, shares a laugh with Mayor John Harkins at the grand opening of the Literacy Volunteers satellite office at Stratford Public Library. Volunteer training classes will begin shortly. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't read or speak English fluently.  How would you follow directions? Would you need help paying your bills? How would you help your kids with their homework?

There are over 15,000 people in Milford and Stratford who do not have a high school diploma and over 1,600 adults unable to speak fluently in English, according to Literacy Volunteers, citing the Milford and Stratford School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013.

The organization has a new satellite office at the Stratford Library where free tutoring classes for new volunteers are about to begin.

The following if offered:

  • Tutor Training, Fanny Beach Community Center, 16 Dixon Street, Milford, Wednesday, Jan. 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tutor Training, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Stratford, Feb. 15, 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; March 1, 8, 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

No previous teaching experience is required. All prospective tutors will be interviewed in advance.

For information and to register, call 203-878-4800 from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. or stop by the Stratford Library Satellite Office Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon or 3 to 5 p.m.

Volunteers interested in helping students prepare for a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, may call 203-878-4800 to schedule a meeting.

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