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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Help Someone Love Reading! Redwood City’s Project READ Recruits Volunteer Tutors for Free Training

Redwood City, CA - January 7, 2003 - Redwood City Project READ has announced six, 17-hour orientation sessions in 2003 to show volunteers how to help children, teens, and adults learn to enjoy reading and attain personal educational goals.

“Volunteer tutors don’t need any special background or experience— just the desire to help someone in our community improve their reading and enjoy lifelong learning,” said Kathy Endaya, director of the nonprofit agency formed in 1987. Volunteer tutors meet with a learner — or in some cases with small groups of learners — for conveniently scheduled one- or two-hour twice-weekly sessions held at the Redwood City Public Library or at another mutually convenient location. A minimum six-month commitment is requested.

Volunteers reap the priceless rewards and satisfaction of improving others’ self-esteem, and helping to strengthen and improve the community through promoting literacy. This award-winning project, integrated with the Redwood City Library and closely tied to our local schools, offers a number of programs to meet the diverse needs and reading levels of adults, adolescents, and families in Redwood City. Focusing on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, Project READ is successful thanks to the generous help of volunteers.

Three tutor training workshops starting in January, May and September are held on five alternating Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. The three training sessions held in March, July/August and September are offered on three evenings and a Saturday from 10 to 4.

Dates for upcoming Tutor Training workshops are:
January 21, 23, 28, 30 and February 4
March 20, 22, 25 and 27
May 20, 22, 27, 29 and June 3
July 31, August 2, 5 and 7
September 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30
November 13, 15, 18 and 20

For further information, call Project READ at (650) 780-7077. Tutors must complete all sessions in each workshop before being matched with a learner.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children and adults, and helps the community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present.” For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at www.rcpl.info or call 780-7026.

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Redwood City news releases are also available online, at www.redwoodcity.org/news.

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Kathy Endaya, Director
Project READ
650-780-7077


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