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DeKalb County in search of adults 50+ to help elementary students with literacy

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DeKalb County in search of adults 50+ to help elementary students with literacy

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The DeKalb County Human Services Department recently started a new tutoring program to help local elementary school students with their literacy skills called AARP Experience Corps, and they are currently in search of volunteers.

AARP Experience Corps is a national program that accepts volunteers, 50 years or older, with a high school diploma or G.E.D., and according to a recent press release, AARP “has produced positive mental and physical health benefits for older adult volunteers” while helping kids who are behind at least two grade levels in reading.

“Recent data shows that DeKalb students on average have a reading proficiency of 26 percent, which means that 74 percent of students are reading below grade level,” stated a recent press release.

Four informational sessions for those interested in volunteering will be held at the Lou Walker Senior Center, located at 2538 Panola Road in Stonecrest, at 11:30 a.m. on these days:

– Wednesday, Aug. 14
– Thursday, Aug. 15
– Wednesday, Aug. 21
– Thursday, Aug. 22

Those interested in attending an informational session should register with Human Services administrator Debra Furtado via email at dlfurtado@dekalbcountyga.gov or by phone at 770-322-2969.

Tutoring will begin on Oct. 21 at the following participating schools: Stoneview Elementary, Murphy Candler Elementary, E.L. Miller Elementary and Redan Elementary, and the tutoring schedule will follow the DeKalb County School District academic calendar.

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