You can volunteer to help local students improve their reading skills

DeKalb County is taking part in a national tutoring program this fall aimed at helping the area’s students improve their literacy skills.

The initiative, AARP Experience Corps, aims to support children in Kindergarten through third grade whose reading ability is behind by two grade levels, the county said in a statement Wednesday.

According to the county, 74% of its students are reading below grade level.

Students at Stoneview Elementary, Murphy Candler Elementary, E.L. Miller Elementary and Redan Elementary will take part in the tutoring program, which begins Oct. 21.

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The county is looking for volunteers who are at least 50 years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D to participate and work with the students. AARP provides some mental and physical health benefits for older adult volunteers, the county said.

DeKalb’s human services department is hosting information sessions this month at the Lou Walker Senior Center, located at 2538 Panola Road in Stonecrest. The meetings will be at 11:30 a.m. on these days:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21
  • Thursday, Aug. 22

If you’re interested in attend an informational session or want to learn more about the program, you can contact Debra Furtado at or 770-322-2969.

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