It’s hard to believe given the affluence of America that so many people grow up in our community and across the country unable to read. Imagine if you couldn’t make out the words on a menu, figure out what it says on your prescription label or even read a birthday card from your children. It is estimated that 225,000 adults in our metro are functionally illiterate. They can’t do these things. Recently, Nick Haines had the privilege to host the Power of Reading Event for Literacy KC, a Kansas City organization that uses volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read. Several of those adults who have overcome great odds shared their stories in front of a large audience at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
You can become a tutor if you can spare two 90 minutes sessions a week. Training is provided.