“I really wasn’t aware of the issue of adult illiteracy in Midland, but now my goal is to help as much as I can.”
– Susan Reed, Volunteer Tutor
When Susan Reed learned of the literacy crisis in her own community, she decided to take action. She registered with Midland Need to Read as a volunteer tutor in January of 2011 so she could help adults who were seeking to obtain their GED, learn English as a Second Language (ESL), or improve their proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, or basic computer applications.
After completing a brief volunteer training, Susan was paired with an MN2R student who wanted to improve his reading skills. Now, almost 4 years later, Susan’s student has not only improved his reading, he has also found new employment!
In spring of 2014, Susan began teaching a small ESL class at the MN2R Literacy House (which grows each semester). She loves meeting with her students and is inspired by their stories and dedication to improving their English. When asked about her reasons for becoming a volunteer tutor, Susan explains, “I think everyone has a skill they can offer and share with others, and Midland Need to Read is a great place to do that. I really wasn’t aware of the issue of adult illiteracy in Midland, but now my goal is to help as much as I can.”
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