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I-READ program volunteer tutors attend appreciation event

Adult Literacy Program volunteer tutors Pam Mortland (left) of Streator and Katie Timmons of Princeton look at some coal during IVCC’s annual tutor appreciation event April 26. After “Reading the Rocks: The Geologic History of the Illinois Valley” workshop presented by geology instructor Mike Phillips, each volunteer received a certificate of appreciation and a small gift.
Adult Literacy Program volunteer tutors Pam Mortland (left) of Streator and Katie Timmons of Princeton look at some coal during IVCC’s annual tutor appreciation event April 26. After “Reading the Rocks: The Geologic History of the Illinois Valley” workshop presented by geology instructor Mike Phillips, each volunteer received a certificate of appreciation and a small gift.

OGLESBY — During National Volunteer Week in April, 17 I-READ Adult Literacy Program volunteer tutors attended “Volunteers Rock!” a tutor appreciation event at Illinois Valley Community College.

IVCC geology instructor Mike Phillips presented a workshop titled “Reading the Rocks: The Geologic History of the Illinois Valley.” Participants learned about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock along with how rocks are used to determine the history of land. For example, from the rocks in Illinois, geologists have determined that Illinois used to be closer to the equator and had weather similar to the Bahamas.

Sara Escatel, director of IVCC’s Adult Education Department, recognized the volunteer tutors for their commitment to the community and the I-READ program. Each tutor then received a certificate and small gift in appreciation for his or her volunteer service to the program.

For information on the I-READ program, contact Angela Dunlap, program manager, at 815-224-0372 or email angie_dunlap@ivcc.edu. The program is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds designated for literacy.

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