If you can read these words, take a moment to remember or even call and thank a parent, teacher, brother, sister or friend who helped you learn to make sense of a bunch of letters on a page. And remember that moment, if you can, when the words suddenly made sense.
For most of us, we've come to take reading for granted: Pick up a menu at a restaurant, make a selection, place your order; look at a road sign and be advised there's a major detour ahead because of construction; open a card and read the message ... the list just goes on and on and on. Try as we might, it's hard to remember when we couldn't read.
But there are those among us - children, youth and adults of all ages - for whom reading anything is as foreign a notion as reading Homer's Odyssey in the original Greek is for me. I can look at the marks on the page, see the spacing between the words and know there's a message there ... but beyond that the story is shrouded in secrecy.
For many, reading their native language is an equal challenge.
During this holiday season as we talk, hear, read and think about giving, do you have the time to give an hour or two a week to help someone who can't read or has only rudimentary skills? This "gift" won't cost you a red cent ... not one ... and it can make such a difference in the lives of others in our community.
Alison Cuentas, a member of the staff of the Thorn Hill Learning Center, is seeking participants for a training session Tuesday, 5:30-8 p.m., designed to help volunteers become able to teach others to read. The center is located at 700 Leslie Ave.
"I realize it's Inauguration Night," said Cuentas, who grew up in Frankfort and is the daughter of Wallace and Betty Zoe Kent. "I know people are off work that day but I just thought it might be a good night."
If you can't make this session, there will be others.
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