Ozarks Literacy Council
Springfield, Missouri | http://www.ozarksliteracy.org
Ozarks Literacy Council has been providing free reading tutoring in southwest Missouri since 1968. OLC has three main programs to share the gift of literacy.
1. One-to-One reading tutoring. Free individual instruction for adults that are reading below a sixth-grade level and for school-age children that are at least six months behind in their reading skills. Tutors and students meet one hour a week to focus on individual goals. There is no stigma, shame, or embarrassment in a classroom setting, it is only the tutor, student, and the goal of reading better.
2. Preschool Reading. Ozarks Literacy Council has a partnership with Springfield Public Schools to provide literacy materials and visits to preschool classrooms. Our volunteer readers visit their classes four times during the school year. Each visit consists of an exuberant reading of a book, an activity that focuses on kindergarten readiness skills and always fun with usually a few hugs from sweet little people. Every child receives a copy of the book read and the activity played to bring home and share.
3. Advocacy. Books, books, and more books! OLC wants everyone to have a book and the ability to read it. Civic events, partnerships with schools and organizations allow us to distribute thousands of books.