The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 33
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 33

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 23, 2001
Page 33
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6 MONDAY. APRIL 23. 2000 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Little House Adult Learning Center, Memorial Hall, 9th and Ash, Salina, is part of Unified School District 305 and was established in 1979. The center teaches adults reading, math, work skills, life skills, GED preparation, English as a second language, and citizenship. The center is available to students in six locations in three counties and serves over 600 people a year According to Doris Ann Brinegar, Director of Little House, "We have excellent volunteers that work closely with our 14 highly qualified staff members." The volunteers work with the staff and help students that need additional assistance. Most of the volunteers work in the English as a second language classes. Sometimes the volunteers work with one person or they may float from one student to another The English as a second language class is one of the largest that Little House teaches. This class can have as many as ten cultures in the classroom at one time. Most students come to the Center on their own, but some are referred by state services. If you would like to learn some of the skills that are taught at Little House, please come to the office in Memorial Hall Room 209 or call 826-4690. Ninety-Year -Old Volunteer Proves You're Nev By Laura Robertson The twinkle in her eyes helps to convey the joy that the spry ninety-year-old feels teaching people to read at Little House Adult Learning Center, Memorial Hall, 9th and Ash, Salina. Sylvia Smith is a strong believer in volunteering and she has volunteered in the Salina community since retiring in 1980. She initially retired to care for her ailing husband and needed something to fill her time after he passed away. Smith started volunteering at the Hotline-Crisis Information and Referral, 227 N. Santa Fe, Salina and helped out there for over a year. She had to take a break from volunteering for eye surgery, but after she recovered she became a reading tutor at Little House. Volunteering at Little House gives Smith the chance to pass on her love of reading to people who never learned to read. She can remember all of the people that she has tutored and is proud of the progress that they have made. She said that she really enjoys meeting people and getting to know them. "I always ask them why they didn't learn to read," said Smith. One student stated that she hated to read. After tutoring her for awhile Smith discovered that she only hated reading because she didn't know how. As her pupil learned to read she gained confidence. The confidence that she acquired from reading spread into other areas of her life and one day she went out on her own and obtained her driver's license. A lack of confidence is the common thread that Smith has noticed among people who cannot read. When pupils discover that someone is willing to take their time to teach them, it helps them to develop confidence in themselves. Continued on page 7 olunteer eek WE SALUTE the 800 volunteers who help make Salina a better place to live and work through the many programs and projects of the

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