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What is your New Year’s resolution? Lose weight, quit smoking, read a book a week, make a difference in the world?

The start of a New Year has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on them.

Many of us start the year with the best of intentions determined to start fresh.

Literacy Outreach learners want to improve their lives by increasing their literacy skills. Energized and invigorated with a sense of hope from the start of a new year, they register to learn to read, write, compute basic math or speak English. Then they wait. Determined to improve their lives, sometimes learners wait up to one year for the opportunity to work with a volunteer tutor. Waiting too long can make all good intentions go away.

Why is adult literacy important? According to the National Coalition for Literacy, literacy skills impact every aspect of adult life. Adults who are more literate are more likely to: read to their children and discuss school topics, be employed full time and receive a higher income, use the Internet and email, vote, and access information about current events.

Resolving to make a difference in the world is a noble New Year’s resolution and volunteering is a wonderful way to make it happen. The rewards for volunteering are endless. Volunteering is a great way to make friends, impact others, and gain experience. It is also extremely satisfying.

Volunteers are needed to make a difference in the life of an adult learner and their families this year. Would you like to make a difference? You can.

Learn more about the rewards and requirements for volunteering with Literacy Outreach. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Parachute Branch Library and at 5:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Make a difference this year by sharing the gift of reading. The need has never been greater.

Martha Fredendall

Literacy Outreach

Glenwood Springs

We had a grade school teacher who whispered in one kid’s ear a very short one- to two-minute story, and this was passed from one child to another. By the time the story got around to the last child, he was told to tell it out loud to the class. The last child’s story was so different from the original that I would say word of mouth is not valid. Of course we are talking elementary school children and not adults, here.

Even if word of mouth was valid, there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. That’s why there are so many different sects of Christianity.

Organized religion is not really organized if everyone in the religious community has a different take on this. I have never been arrested so apparently, I am living my life at least within the law.

Gregory Johnson

Glenwood Springs

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