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Updated: 07/23/2014 08:00:01AM

READPolk gains 26 volunteers

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Steve and Nancy Abney study their training material as they join Saturday's READPolk Tutor Training at Polk State College in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Read Polk Executive Director Steve Chapman (standing) helps Debra Jackson and Nina Rehberg (in pink) with forms for Saturday's Tutor Training classes at Polk State College in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Tutoring Trainer Margaret Anne Wheeler (standing) answers some questions from Christy Aycock of Winter Haven at Saturday's READPolk Tutoring Training class.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Seats fill up quickly as volunteers arrive for Saturday's Read Polk Tutoring Training at Polk State College in Lakeland.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Twenty-six people showed up Saturday and were trained to become volunteers for READPolk at a workshop held there. That adds to the 130 volunteers trained to teach those with low literacy skills in Polk County.

However, getting the word out to those who need the help and are willing to get help is a high priority of the organization, said Steve Chapman, the executive director of READPolk, a nonprofit coalition dedicated to improving adult literacy.

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