Kingman literacy program goes to the movies

Gail Salmon (left) tutors Carolina Campost Friday at the Kingman Library. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Gail Salmon (left) tutors Carolina Campost Friday at the Kingman Library. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - A local literacy group is turning to the movies to help bring in new tutors.

The Kingman Area Literacy Program, a program facilitated under the Workplace, Education and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County, is looking to bolster the number of tutors they have going into the fall by pushing out a publicity video.

The video was produced by John Kitts, an English and Introduction to Cinema teacher at Mohave Community College for almost 20 years.

The group plans to use the video to show the community what they do and hopefully attract new tutors.

"The video was created to advertise our tutoring program. With help from a grant from UniSource, we will be showing it in front of movies at Brenden Theaters in November and December," said Gail Salmon, a literacy advocate with the Kingman Area Literacy Program.

The program's mission is to facilitate a "reduction of functional illiteracy in the greater Kingman area." It provides no-cost, one-on-one tutoring in adult basic education, pre-general education diploma, and English as a second language (ESL). Since 2013, the program has retained anywhere from 12 to 20 tutors who each volunteer one to six hours a week to helping students meet their educational goals.

"Right now, we have 17 tutors and 20 students from all ages," said Salmon.

Education in these subjects is needed in Mohave County. Over 16 percent of adults in Mohave County haven't earned a high school diploma and 10 percent of households speak a language other than English as their primary language at home.

In 2014, Christine Meisenheimer, a literacy advocate with the Kingman Area Literacy Program, said in the Daily Miner that the functional literacy rate of Kingman is about 60 percent.

Those looking to tutor, or those looking to study, can contact Meisenheimer at (928) 757-4616.