Each One Teach One

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Reading_Program

Each One Teach One is an old proverb which originated in the United States during slavery. Most Africans were denied access to formal education so their reading skills were very, very limited. When a slave learned or was taught to read, it became his or her responsibility to teach someone else. This effort fashioned the phrase "each one teach one," and modern-day literacy programs embrace this model daily by pairing generous volunteer tutors with students for free one-on-one instruction.

Forty-two Reading Program students are currently waiting for their ONE! These eager individuals want to improve their reading and comprehension skills to be able to get better jobs, help their children with their homework, or read with pleasure. Students meet individually with their tutors at any of the Santa Clara County District Libraries; currently many students are waiting for instruction at Campbell, Cupertino, Milpitas and Saratoga Libraries.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can attend an upcoming orientation to learn more about the program. Volunteer orientation will be held on Tuesday, July 23 from 2:00-3:00 and 6:00-7:00 at The Milpitas Library. Please register by calling 408-262-1349 or emailing readingprogram@sccl.org.

Here are some recent accomplishments of Reading Program students:

  • studied for and passed the citizenship test
  • received an award for being an exceptional student and gave an acceptance speech to classmates
  • won scholarship for a work-related conference on lactation and met a local Congressional Representative
  • passed CA food preparation test and got a job at a local restaurant
  • took a field trip and attended a Toastmaster’s meeting to learn more about developing leadership skills
  • attended a lecture at the Saratoga Library on art and wrote a story about the experience
  • read Hawthorne and an abridged version of the Godfather
  • finished reading Gulliver’s Travels
  • read a Mini Mysteries book together and shared it with her daughter

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