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Volunteers train to become reading and math tutors in Humboldt County

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EUREKA- The next group of volunteers was in training on Monday for a program designed to increase student performance in Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Office of Education’s Early Literacy Partners Program is six years old and is held through the Decade of Difference Initiative. About 300 tutors across Humboldt County work one-on-one with kids in pre-school through 2nd grade to support them in reading and math. At the training session, the next group of volunteers learned techniques they can use while serving as a reading or math tutor. Program leaders say getting more volunteers for the program is critical for Humboldt County’s youth.

"Currently, less than half of our students are reading at a proficient level and studies show that if a child is not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, their chances of graduating from high school decrease by 75 percent.  So this program, the early literacy partners program, in conjunction with the decade of difference, is a foundational piece to getting that part right," said Jenny Bowen, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Decade of Difference Initiative with the Humboldt County Office of Education.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Jenny Bowen at (707) 441-4552.