East Area Adult School


Help Someone for a Lifetime!

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
- Dr. Loretta Scott

East Area Adult School's volunteers are a critical component of our educational program. All adults seeking to increase their academic skills, get a GED, obtain a high school diploma, or learn the English language benefit from the one-on-one assistance the volunteers provide. Anyone who can read can help!

EAAS delivers adult education to one-half of geographical Polk County, providing over twenty different class locations. Due to the large numbers of adults served by our program, there are always volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers assist by reading one-on-one with low literacy level adults (our greatest need), reviewing basic mathematics skills, answering the phone and taking messages, filing Xeroxing worksheets, and anything else the volunteer is interested in doing that will assist the teachers. Volunteers even sit with limited English speaking individuals and have conversations so these students can practice their English.

Volunteers are coordinated with teachers and classes based on the volunteer's academic interest and their location. Volunteers choose the day(s) and times they wish to volunteer. Volunteers have total control of their schedule, which allows for vacations, appointments, and illness.

In 2014 school year, East Area Adult School once again received the Golden School Award because of its volunteers.

"We cannot emphasize enough the importance of our volunteer program," stated Sharron Kelsey, a former volunteer coordinator. She added, "Our volunteers give very generously of their time and talents as they help promote adult literacy."

To find out more about our volunteer program, contact Brooksie Smith at 965-5475, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., or click here to e-mail.



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