Coulee Region Literacy Council
The Coulee Region Literacy Council (CRLC) is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading and other basic education skills. CRLC volunteers have tutored adults in La Crosse, Vernon, Monroe and adjacent counties in Wisconsin since 1976.
What We Do:
CRLC provides tutor training and materials based on the Laubach Way to Reading with supplemental resources. We match tutors with students based on needs, interests and schedules to provide one-on-one tutoring to students in a variety of subjects.
CRLC is affiliated with ProLiteracy, the largest volunteer tutor organization in the country and is also a member of Wisconsin Literacy.
Tutor: Debbie from Holmen has volunteered her time as a “conversation partner” with Maria. (For confidentiality, a pseudonym is used for student’s name.)
“When I began working with Maria over three years ago, she could read some English words but spoke very little English. From the beginning, I was impressed with her desire to learn. We began working through very simple reading passages, grammar questions, and simple plays. We have progressed to her reading from mainstream American periodicals and college textbooks. I am so proud of Maria’s progress, and I am so thankful to the CRLC for the opportunity to work with her.”
Student (Maria) tutored by Debbie of Holmen.
“It has been important for me to keep meeting with my conversation partner because I have learned how to have a natural conversation in English, not just exercises in a textbook, and I improved my English skills for the college classes I am taking now.”
Tutor: Fran from Viroqua, WI, has volunteered her time as a basic education tutor for several different students for almost 20 years.
“I’ve tutored a variety of people off and on since 2003. Sharing with two of them the achievement of driver licenses was special. I think of my students as my reading friends.”
Educator Referral: Greg Stritchko, School Counselor, Cashton Public Schools, Cashton, WI.
“A huge thank you to volunteer tutor, Fran, and to the CRLC for their dedication to, and support of my student. This student’s independence hung in the balance of her efforts these past two years. She will now be an independent adult.”