Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Tutoring is rewarding for the student and volunteer
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 29 Sep 2006, p. 30

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For most parents, September is a time when they ship their kids back to school. But for some adults, it can be when they actually return to a learning environment themselves. Maybe they didn't finish high school and now want to get their diploma, or maybe they just want to learn to read a bedtime story to their children. Enter Literacy North Halton (LNH), a local organization that offers literacy upgrading for adults. And while LNH is busy helping those students, it's also turning to the community for assistance right now with an appeal for more volunteer tutors. Consider this: almost one in five Halton residents aged 16 to 69 has difficulty with basic everyday reading and writing tasks, according to LNH's website. Although some may think they're too busy to volunteer, LNH's tutors actually only meet with their students once a week for three hours. As someone who has been working as a volunteer tutor for about one year now, I can personally attest to the fact that any time spent with a student is well worth it. There's a certain satisfaction when you know you've helped someone grasp something they didn't understand before. It also makes me happy to think that now they can use those skills throughout life to achieve their goals. While tutoring someone may sound like a daunting task at first, I can assure anyone who's thinking of doing it that LNH is there to support its tutors every step along the way. Its staff provides training sessions on how to effectively tutor, offers resources to teach with and is always willing to answer any questions. The organization asks that potential tutors are­ among other things­ caring, non-judgmental and patient people who have good reading, writing and verbal communication skills. I can't think of a better time for local residents to get involved with LNH and volunteer to tutor. Tutors are urgently needed. The group can be reached at 905-873-2200, or online at www.literacynh.org

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Tutoring is rewarding for the student and volunteer