September 29, 2005
1 out of 3 parents in Georgia has a reading related difficulty. It could be as simple as reading a note your child brings home from school. We're on your side with as closer look at the problem and how there's help right here at home.
About 4 years ago Arthur Buckner was in an accident. He had brain damage and had to learn to read, all over again. "Back then, I was able to look at some printed matter and not know what it was saying, no understanding what it was meaning," Buckner stated.
Today, Buckner understands all because of determination to get help. Having a problem that relates to reading is just like having any other problem and there's solutions out there and there's help out there.
Paulette Harris founded Augusta State's Literacy Center 10 years ago. She tutors Arthur and knows he's not alone. "We have a lot of people where English is a second language and we tutor them. We also have many individuals who had undiagnosed learning problems in the past, and had to drop out of school," Harris said.
ASU also has a center in McDuffie County and the newest one, here at East Augusta Middle School. Tutors hope they can specifically teach reading and writing to the community of East Augusta. The books are ready to go and mentors ready to build relationships. "And we always have a waiting list and we are constantly in need of volunteers to reach the numbers out there that need assistance," Harris said.
Arthur expects he'll need another year or two of classes. For now, he's just glad he's learned the most important thing. "In order to be able to learn anything, you have to be able to read," Buckner said.
The Center at East Augusta Middle is officially opening tonight at 6PM. The school district is partnering with ASU to create it. And, if you enjoy reading and are interested in being a volunteer for tutoring, call (706) 733-7043