Resolve to help children read this year

January 2, 2013 

It’s that time again when many people make New Year’s resolutions. Normally I never make any because I have a hard time keeping them. However, this year, as I look to retire, once again my one and only New Year’s resolution is to devote volunteer time to the children in Horry County that have the warning signs of dyslexia by providing my tutoring skills to help them increase their reading levels and get back on grade level.

I have had the privilege to be the executive director of the Horry County Literacy Council during the last five years and was blessed to be able to work again after retiring in 2005 from a similar position in NC for 14 years and share my experiences with those who are struggling with reading, writing and spelling. This position has allowed me to meet so many people in Horry County that I would have never met if I had not gotten involved with literacy issues again.

The Horry County Literacy Council is looking forward to any and all collaborative opportunities to share its knowledge, training, and resources to increase literacy rates throughout the county. In a county with 25 to 30 percent of the population reading below a fifth grade level and 20 percent with a learning disability such as dyslexia, it is time that we all work together to help build a more literate community. I may be retiring, but I am not leaving the field of literacy that is near and dear to my heart.

The council currently has a waiting list of 15 children and three adults who need a specialized dyslexia intervention and is in dire need of volunteers who are willing to become trained and help them learn the skills they need to succeed in a one on one situation. Make your New Year’s resolution to call the Literacy Council at 843-839-1695 and find out how you can help!

The writer, executive director of the Horry County Literacy Council, lives in North Myrtle Beach.

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