By Nicole Lemal
Times West Virginian
A number of adults in Marion County can’t read at the fourth-grade level, prompting the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County to reach out to the community for help.
During the North Marion High School Community Awareness Partnership for our School (C.A.P.S.) meeting Monday, Kim Cummings, director of the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, passed out brochures and spoke to members about the program.
Located on Locust Avenue, the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County provides free tutoring to adults and children in an individualized setting addressing the specific students’ needs. According to the brochure, one in five Marion County adults can’t read at or beyond the fourth-grade level, and many citizens are unable to find employment because they are illiterate.
Some of their students may have difficulty with comprehension, while others may suffer from learning disabilities such as dyslexia, Cummings said. Volunteers would be trained to accommodate the specific student’s need.
“People are very different, and the approach you would take would be very different,” Cummings said.
Training is provided free of charge to volunteer tutors, who are only required to have a GED or diploma in order to participate. After 12 hours of training, they become certified.
Following some discussion between board members, Dana Powell, community and middle school liaison, suggested they hold training Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 for people interested in volunteering. Cummings is checking with the state to determine their availability for one Saturday, while a local representative would take the other Saturday.