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updated: 9/15/2011 7:03 PM

Des Plaines District 62 seeks volunteer tutors

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Des Plaines Elementary District 62 is seeking volunteers for its OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program. The program matches trained volunteers age 50 years and older with students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade who need help developing reading and language skills. Volunteers work one-on-one with the child, during the school day, as a tutor, mentor and friend. Tutors work with the same child throughout the school year. Many of the students who are referred to have an OASIS tutor are children who need the extra attention, and who may not have an older, caring adult in their lives. The tutor program is active in Cumberland, Forest, South, Iroquois Community, North, Orchard Place, and Plainfield elementary schools. No previous teaching experience is required. Free tutor training is held once a year in the fall. Training for new tutors will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and 12 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the board room at Forest Elementary School, 1375 Fifth Avenue, Des Plaines. Returning tutors should attend the Friday session. For more information or to register, call (847) 789-5566 or email