The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 27, 1986 · Page 3
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Sunday, April 27, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday. April 27, 11 Literacy volunteer program provides solutions 9-A By DAVID MOHLMAN "Literacy Volunteers of America began with the basic concept that volunteers are part of the solution to increase literacy in this country," Jonathan McKallip, LVA director of field services, said during a recent visit to Baytown. McKallip conducted an in- service at Sterling Municipal Library for volunteer tutors in the library's reading literacy program. The session helped tutors learn how to use the newspaper as a teaching tool. "To be effective, volunteers need" two things — they need good training and they need support once they are trained," said McKallip. When volunteer institutions fail, it is probably due to either a lack of good training, or a lack of support after training, he said. Sterling Municipal Library af- filiated with LVA because LVA gave support and guidance "from day one," said Denise Fischer, who coordinates the literacy program here. "We found there was excellent response from the national office, not tomorrow, but a responsiveness today to our needs." In creating research, development, expansion and support programs, LVA officials at the national office try to remember each local affiliate has unique needs, said McKallip. Most local programs are freestanding and autonomous, said McKallip. They are community programs which interact with adult basic education programs, libraries, correctional institutions and other local agencies. Local programs may cover a city, a county or several counties. Local program managers use LVA materials and methods to recruit and train tutors, raise funds if necessary and keep records, said McKallip. Because LVA's number one goal is increasing literacy, it sells its materials on the open market, he said. In this way, agencies that are not direct LVA affiliates may use the materials in their programs. During 1987, when LVA marks its 25th anniversary, the national office will emphasize recruitment of "special populations" of both students and volunteers who have been avoided or have not responded, for one reason or another, to publicity about local programs, said McKallip. For example, he said, officials at the national office will encourage local programs to seek out elderly persons in places such as senior citizens' centers. The national office also will help local programs recruit handicapped persons to serve as tutors, said McKallip, "I have come to believe we serve two segments of people," said McKallip. "We serve volunteer tutors equally, and in some cases more, than students." Although LVA has helped more than 100,000 persons read better since Ruth Colvin began it in 1962 in Syracuse, N.Y., McKallip said he prefers to talk about serving 200,000 persons because each student is taught by one tutor. "That volunteer is going to get as much out of this as the person he or she tutors and maybe more. And that's OK," said McKallip. Although each local program needs many volunteers, not everyone should be a tutor, noted McKallip. "There is something for everybody. If it's just putting up posters in the community, there is something they can do." And if someone really wants to tutor, "You don't have to have the skills — we'll give you some," said McKallip. McKallip also said he hopes LVA can, from the national level, help volunteers in local programs respect the dignity of students and think of them as people who, while they learn in the program, can also contribute to its success. "One idea has been to give each student the responsibility of recruiting another student, even if he can't," said McKallip. "Students have to realize they are not alone. "If you think you're the only one, it's very tough to come forward." Approximately 27 million Americans are functionally illiterate, noted McKallip Mrs. Fischer has said if estimates are correct that » portent of in south Texas do not ra*d well, then more than 10,000 adults in Baytown are functionally illiterate. Before a reading literacy program will achieve its greatest success, the community must accept that a problem exists, said McKallip. "Illiteracy is not relegated to the poor, the out of work, the minorities. It's everywhere in our community," said McKallip. A literacy program exists in wealthy Westchester County, NY. and seven local programs' exist in Orange County, Calif., he said. "The community has to accept that this community, like every other community, has a problem." said McKallip. "Whenever we realize there is a problem, we tend to be a country that does something." Illiterates face many roadblocks TIRE SALE BARGAIN 19-YEAR-old Odessan, Charlie Hamilton, walks past an oversized plastic replica of an auto tire unaware that it looks like he is about to be run over. The huge auto tire was being used by an Odessa tire dealer to promote a tire. (AP photo) "You have to stop and think about al! the things you can't do (if you cannot read well)," says Jonathan McKallip, director oi field services for Literacy Volunteers of America. Most are things many persons do every day and take for granted, he says. Persons who cannot read well + Find it difficult to drive through a big city (often difficult even for persons who CAN read road signs). + Cannot buy generic food because the labels do not feature Walk-a-thon set for Sunday The 12-mile walk-a-thon for March of Dimes will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Baytown Community Building, 2407 Market. The Houston chapter of March of Dimes estimates that 21,000 people walk in various walk-a- thons in the Houston area. Some 500 walkers are expected in Baytown's walk Sunday. Funds collected by walkers will help support March of Dimes research, medical services and public and professional health education programs. These programs are aimed at fighting the nation's number one child health problem. More than a quarter- million infants — one out of every 14 — are born with physical or mental handicaps in the United States every year, according to statistics from the March of Dimes chapter. Persons who are not able to walk but would like to participate in the walk, can assist with registering or passing out refreshments. To volunteer, call 796-1010. Sweaters take special care NEW YORK (AP) — Wool or synthetic sweaters should be turned inside out before washing, suggests Susan Downing of Woolite's Fashion Forum. After washing in cold water by gently squeezing suds through, and rinsing thoroughly, roll in a towel to absorb excess water. Then dry on a flat surface, away from direct heat or sunlight. For turtle or cowl necks, put crushed white tissue paper underneath and roll the collar into place to help it retain its shape. NO HIDDEN COSTS! Interior • Brush • Waterproofing PAINTING Exterior • Spray • Roil Careful Protection Hi Carpet & Furniture Neat work at competitive prices MCX's 422-5969 FREE COURTEOUS ESTIMATES "earing Aids i I'roCi MMimuiL <Uirv 1900-1 Garth Road iGHtupiiza) 422-4292 Homemade Cakes We Deliver Now taking orders for Mother's Day and Graduation Sandi 424-2033 Cookies Cupcakes CAKES TO GO Roben 424-2726 Weddings & Birthdays Catered LEES Made better in America NOW UNTIL MAY 12th THOMSON INTERIORS ^^ Garth Rd., Kroger Shopping Center, 420-2733^"" a picture of the product. + H a v e difficulty using "money maker" machines + Do not understand notes teachers send home with children. -t-Cannot find a telephone number in a directory. + Do not understand instructions on a medicine bottle. -t-Have difficulty filling out a job application or any other kind of form. -t-Cannot read a newspaper. The Houston Area Library System funds the Literacy Volunteers of America program at Sterling Municipal Library. The program now has -U trained tutors The next training session for new tutors is scheduled for September. The library program is f Free. t-Private, confidential and features one-to-one teaching. ->-Available lo persons more than 18 years old of up to 12th grade reading ability -Based on student needs (the student chooses the text based on what he or she wants to read i. SUPPORT MAY 14-17, 1986 Beolls American Heart Association F FIGHTING vour.? LIFE ATTENTION HAIR STYLISTS The Total Concept Beauty Salon needs enthusiastic, hard working hairdresser with following. We offer goad commission and benefits. Please call or came by 427-6360 4130 G«rHi »d. Wd-Mirt Slra*p<«4 Or. TOBY C. WILKINSON Attorney at Law wishes to announce the relocation of his off ice effective May 1, 1986 4406 N. Main Baytown, Tx. 77521 (713)427-3592 • Adoption • Divorce • Civil • Juvenile • Criminal • Wills • Deceptive Trade Practices :'.- Not certified by the Texas Board ol Legal Specialization RETIRING? BEING LAID GFF? What will you do with the distribution from your company retirement plan? Don't retire from any company without attending this seminar presented by Sterling Municipal Library and ROTAN MOSLE Inc. The seminar will include discussion of: • IRA ROLLOVERS • 10 YEAR AVERAGING • CAPITAL GAINS • PERSONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY • ASSET RELOCATION MODELS Please join Tom Davis and Richard Paulson, Retirement Specialists with Rotan Mosle Inc., for this informative seminar. DATE: April 30, 1986 - Wednesday TIME: 7:00-S:30 p.m. PUCE: Sterling Mumapol Library For more information, please call: 589-4539

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