The Booker T. Washington Community Center in London will host online help for adults who want to learn to read and write or improve their skills. Tutoring is one-on-one and free. Individual help is available for things like earning GEDs or passing driver’s tests.

Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County, a Charleston-based non-profit, will supply the center with Chrome books and virtual tutors. The Booker T. Washington Community Center will donate the use of its internet service and a staff person to help first-time Zoom users get connected.

Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County (LVKC) is tutoring virtually because of the pandemic.

“We know many people who need reading help have been left out because they don’t have a computer or internet connection. We hope this will helps bridge the digital divide in Eastern Kanawha County,” Susan Leffler, vice president of the board of directors, said in a press release.

The tutoring service will be available to students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Booker T. Washington’s Executive Director Gloria Rhem says she welcomes the chance to help people in her community.

“Our part of the county is often left out when it comes to services from Charleston. We know there are people in our area who need help with reading,” she says.

The community center is located on U.S. Route 60 across from the cemetery in London. To sign up for tutoring, call Rhem at 304-389-0934.

Covid vaccinations are recommended. Masks are required.

Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County is an all-volunteer organization that has been teaching basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) for 40 years. Partial funding for their programs is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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