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Literacy learning on Long Island

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza Garcia, right, of Coram, in English during one of their sessions at the Dix Hills Library. (July 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Many Long Islanders have benefited from literacy tutoring, though local organizations say they are facing a shortage of volunteer tutors.

Donald Chiappetta, seen with his wife Carolyn, is
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Donald Chiappetta, seen with his wife Carolyn, is on the board of Literacy Suffolk, but up until his 40th birthday, he could only read on a second-grade level. He sought help and is now on the board. (July 24, 2012)

Donald Chiappetta is on the board of Literacy
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Donald Chiappetta is on the board of Literacy Suffolk, but up until his 40th birthday, he could only read on a second-grade level. (July 24, 2012)

Diana Cleasby, 40, who is from Colombia, said
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Diana Cleasby, 40, who is from Colombia, said she has two master's degrees and a bachelor's degree in speech pathology from colleges in her native country. But the degrees were of little help when she moved to Bayville six years ago to marry her husband Dennis, and couldn't speak English.

Willie Nunn, 61, who took part in literacy
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Willie Nunn, 61, who took part in literacy tutoring two years ago, with his granddaughter, Zyaire, at their home in Roosevelt. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Willie Nunn, 61, who took part in literacy
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Willie Nunn, 61, who took part in literacy tutoring two years ago, reads with his grandchildren at their home in Roosevelt. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza Garcia, right, of Coram, in English during one of their sessions at the Dix Hills Library. (July 25, 2012)

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza Garcia, right, of Coram, in English during one of their sessions at the Dix Hills Library. (July 25, 2012)

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza Garcia, right, of Coram, in English during one of their sessions at the Dix Hills Library. (July 25, 2012)

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Jessie Krozer, left, of Dix Hills, tutors Esperanza Garcia, right, of Coram, in English during one of their sessions at the Dix Hills Library. (July 25, 2012)

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, left, is
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, left, is shown with his tutor, Gaynelle Bailey, 57, of Hempstead, at the Lakeview Public Library. Jonathan relocated to West Hempstead in 2010 from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, months after the earthquake there and joined his parents in West Hempstead who had emigrated years before. He didn't speak any English at the time. After one year of tutoring, Pamphile tested out of the program and has gone on to attain a nursing assistant certification, enroll full time for physical therapy at Nassau County Community College and work part time as a nurse's aid at a nursing home.

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, shares a
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, shares a fun moment with his tutor, Gaynelle Bailey, 57, of Hempstead, at the Lakeview Public Library. Pamphile relocated to West Hempstead in 2010 from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, months after the earthquake there and joined his parents in West Hempstead who had emigrated years before. He didn't speak any English at the time. (July 27, 2012)

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, right, goes
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Jonathan Pamphile, 22, of West Hempstead, right, goes over his college homework with his tutor, Gaynelle Bailey, 57, of Hempstead, at the Lakeview Public Library. (July 27, 2012)

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