Reader program to seek funding

archive_import /

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Diane Kriletich has no short supply of reasons to support the Calaveras Adult Tutoring Program. Reading, she says, can help lessen crime, cut down on poverty, increase political awareness and build self-esteem.

Unfortunately, Kriletich is short on funding for the program.

Monday afternoon, she will ask the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors for $52,211 to help keep the program afloat.

"I'm confident they're going to find it to be a valuable program," Kriletich said. "As far as budgets, I don't know what their budget is. We're in a position where we don't have a lot of money anywhere. But the fact is without their support, there won't be a program, and it would be sad not to have a literacy program in our county."

According to data supplied by Kriletich, 17 percent of Calaveras County adults about 4,000 read at or below the fifth-grade level.

Adults who want to learn to read or improve their skills can join the program free of charge. It is staffed by 52 volunteers 43 are trained tutors and two paid employees. Meetings are at the Calaveras County Library in San Andreas, so office space is free.

The program needs $81,200 to carry on another year. If the county agrees to Kriletich's request of $52,211, state library funds would match it with $11,389. The final $17,600 would come out of the Calaveras Adult Tutoring Trust Fund.

Trust fund money comes from private donations, local businesses, fundraisers and organizations.

The program is unique to Calaveras County. Kriletich said about 100 people a year go through the program.

"There's a portion of the population not being served by anything else," Kriletich said.

"It can be a hard population to serve, because they can have low motivation. But the people who do come into the program really exceed."

Kriletich's request will come before the board in a 2:30 p.m. study session.

11699928
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Monday May 30, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Sheriff’s deputies respond to alarm at Sonora KFC

05/26/2016

Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies responded with guns drawn to a holdup alarm ... more

UPDATE: Probe begins in Don Pedro fire

05/25/2016

Investigators began sifting through the rubble of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency ... more

Tense board meeting ends in resignation

05/26/2016

After months of turmoil between the Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors ... more

Avalon Care Center fined for patient death

05/24/2016

Avalon Care Center in Sonora has been fined $80,000 by the California ... more

Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire

05/20/2016

Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more