Students needed for St. Lawrence County literacy program
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 8:22 am

To the Editor:

Though some may take their knowledge for granted, there are still many adults in St. Lawrence County struggling with literacy skills. It is estimated up to one in five adults in our region would have trouble filling out a job application, reading the newspaper, or adding up the prices of several purchases at the grocery store.

Our community is fortunate enough to have upwards of thirty volunteer tutors who work regularly with literacy students and also those learning English as a second language. Over the years, Literacy of Northern New York has helped students achieve goals like improving their employment, attaining a GED and enrolling in college, and reading and paying bills independently.

I am writing because our volunteer and community support for the LNNY program is currently flourishing. What we require, however, is referrals of students who may benefit from our tutoring services. Should you know anyone who may have trouble reading, writing, or performing basic math, I urge you to ask them to contact our office at 265-0194. Except for a testing fee of $10 to $25, our services are free for our students. Every student’s information and activity is kept entirely confidential.

Do not hesitate to contact our Potsdam office if you have any questions regarding the program or would like to set up an appointment. We can be reached at lnnystlawrence@live.com.

Carter Jones, program manager

Literacy of Northern New York, St. Lawrence County