Literacy organization helps more than school-aged children

Once again the Bridgerland Literacy Center is open for business. A lack of funding caused the program to vacate its former home in the Logan Library but Bridgerland Literacy celebrated its grand re-opening Wednesday at its new location at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West in Room 610.Volunteer Director Jami Wardell, who previously served as a volunteer tutor, says the non-profit organization operates mainly on private donations and the mission is to help everyone learn to read who needs to and wants to learn to read.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Wardell was asked what qualifications are needed to be a volunteer tutor.”Basically, just a passion for teaching and some patience and some love,” she explained. “These people are going out on a limb to say, ‘I need help’ and are coming to our organization for that help.”She says tutors and students are matched up in a way that is best for the student. Wardell said she has seen people who could barely recognize a letter of the alphabet now being able to read a novel.”Most of the students I came in contact with were not school-aged,” Wardell said. “They were older and had a harder time picking up those very basic fundamental skills. To see that kind of progress because of an organization like this, it started a fire inside me.”Wardell says everyone involved is volunteering and there is an urgent need for more volunteer tutors and donations. Wednesday’s grand re-opening will be followed by a fundraising Family Game and Chili dinner on Friday. The following Friday, Jan. 28, is the date for the 6th annual Scrabble Scramble, the major fundraiser for the Bridgerland Literacy Program. For more information call (435) 245-2151 or (208) 339-5549.

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