Volunteer Services Alliance Launched

Volunteer Services Alliance launch was well attended. Pictured in left row from left are Mark Christensen; Denise Adams, Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association; Tara Truett, Madison County Reads Ahead; and Jo Perkins Madison County Health Department. Right row from left includes Steve Eddy; Hank Leo, Tri Valley YMCA; and Barb Church, Community Action Partnership.

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Madison County Reads Ahead: Truett Named New Program Coordinator

(Madison County, NY – Nov. 2012) Madison County is fortunate to have lifetime local resident Tara Truett step up to lead Madison County Reads Ahead program. Pat Graham stepped down in September after a very successful tenure. Both she and past Program Coordinator Morris Atwood agree that Tara is perfect for the job. The transition […]

Madison County Reads Ahead Tutor Training Held in Morrisville

(Morrisville, NY – Sept. 2012) Madison County Reads Ahead, sponsor of one to one tutoring for adults, will offer a fall training workshop for tutors at Morrisville Public Library Community Room on Oct. 11, 16, 23, and 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The workshop will prepare tutors to assist adults in reaching their educational […]

Giving Learners Tools to Succeed

By Cindy McCall

Donna Bocketti

(Chittenango, NY) Donna Bocketti has had a banner year at the GED adult literacy program she runs at Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango.

The GED is a comprehensive exam for adults who didn’t complete high school. A passing score earns a student a high school educational equivalency diploma. Those […]

Madison County Reads Ahead Schedules Next Tutor Training

(Oneida, Chittenango, NY – April 2012) Many volunteer tutors have found it very rewarding to help another adult reach important educational and life goals. One tutor decided to take early retirement and had some time to volunteer.

“Tutoring has been an inspiration to me,” he said. “I have worked with four different students, and they […]

Students Receive GED with help from Tutors

Canastota Public Library news

By Elizabeth Totten

(Canastota, NY) On Thursday Jan. 12, the Canastota Public Library held a celebration for nine students who recently received their GED. These students all studied with tutors at the library through the Madison County Reads Ahead Adult Literacy Program.

The celebration included time with family, friends and tutors […]

Tutor Training Correction Announced

(Oct. 2011) Information recently published about tutor training for Madison County Reads Ahead adult literacy program contained incorrect dates.

The correct dates are Nov. 1, 10, 15, and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Free Library, 101 Falls Blvd., Chittenango.


Tutoring Program Celebrates Fifth Year

Deadline for next training session is Oct. 14

(Oneida, NY – Oct. 2011) Madison County Reads Ahead, which provides one to one tutoring services for adult learners throughout Madison County, recently completed its fifth year of services.

During the July 2010 to June 2011 instructional year 75 volunteer tutors compiled 2,450 instructional hours to 107 […]

Madison County Reads Ahead Names New Coordinator

(Oneida, NY – Oct. 2011) Madison County Reads Ahead, an adult literacy one to one tutoring program, headquartered at Oneida Public Library has named Patricia Graham as its new coordinator. Graham replaces Morris Atwood who retired from the coordinator position Sept. 1.

Atwood was the first coordinator for the program established in 2006 under a […]

Resettled Refugee Helps Train Volunteers to Become Tutors


Cazenovia-based, Phua Naing (right), a resettled refugee from Burma, helps demonstrate a teaching skill to 12 new tutors in a recent training session organized by Madison County Reads Ahead. Morris Atwood, director of this volunteer adult literacy organization, and Carla Zimmerman, a literacy coordinator at Cazenovia Public Library, direct the exercise.

Cazenovia Public […]

Reads Ahead Adult Literacy Program Receives Two Awards


Cindy McCall, literacy coordinator at the Cazenovia Public Library, was honored recently for her efforts on behalf of literacy.

Cazenovia Public Library

Submitted by Jean Kent

(Cazenovia, NY – May 19, 2011) The Madison County Democratic Committee recently presented its “Award for Service to Community” to Madison County Reads Ahead, a volunteer organization […]

Literacy Tutor Training Begins

Madison County Reads Ahead

Registration deadline is May 20

(Chittenango, NY – May, June 2011) The quality of life in a community is enhanced by what people do for each other by choice, by taking actions born out of compassion, caring and responding to needs. There are numerous examples of such actions in what is […]