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Volunteer tutors an impressive bunch

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank the extraordinary volunteers of the Adult Literacy Program of the Basalt Regional Library.

Volunteer tutors meet with their students every week for at least six months, often longer. In a valley where people’s lives are extremely full, it is inspiring to know so many people are willing to make a little extra time each week to make someone else’s life go better.

So to all of you tutors out there (you know who you are!), I say “thank you.” You are an impressive bunch. There are 47 of you, working with 51 students, from nine countries. And your commitment translates into more than just statistics. Behind each “number” is a story, a person whose life has been changed, even transformed, because of your work.

With your support, students have gained not just skills, but have found the confidence within themselves to reach further than they ever imagined possible. With your help, students have, for example, been able to:

– Study for and pass the GED

– Apply for a job that once seemed out of reach.

– Attended a parent-teacher conference.

– Read their child a bedtime story.

– Some have even begun volunteering in our community, passing their gains on to the people around them.

It is your hard work, caring and commitment that make the Adult Literacy Program such a success. Without you, there would be no program.

Thank you, Adult Literacy Program volunteers. It is an honor working with all of you!

Julie Fox-Rubin

program director

Adult Literacy Program