Our program this week was presented by Tom and Jane Burns. They are the founders and  a  driving force in the Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program.  Jane Burns said she talked to us 6-7 years ago. On today’s occasion the goals include an update and the request for advice on fund-raising. Jane had been a schoolteacher and it was natural for her to respond to a need in the community which involves teaching. There are three major needs among adults involving targeted teaching. These include Preparation for Citizenship tests, English as a second Language (ESL) and preparation to take the G.E.D. test. The Sahuarita School District did not think there was much of a need but they extended the free use of their facilities to the volunteers who were eager to reach out and help. Everyone was surprised by the massive turn out of interested adults. They  thought 15-20 might respond to the flyers . 140 adults showed Up! There are 45 volunteers led by Tom and Jane Burns. It is a not- for- profit organization. The participants pay $10 which is far below the actual costs for the teaching materials. They receive funds from outfits such as the White Elephant, Service Clubs of the communities, Freeport  and others . The funds are administered through school district Education Enhancement funds. The costs to the Students taking the various test i.e. citizenship, G.E.D., and ESL  can range up $700+. This is difficult for many. Thus, the low cost volunteer program is essential The classes are held at SAH Library and Sopori Elementary School (Amado) in the evening. In the daytime Good Shepherd church and SAH Public Library are utilized. The Burns’ were very pleased that 150 adults achieved citizenship during their tenure. They distributed material listing funding sources and other financial data. Presumably, the Board will respond further to their request for advice in this regard. This couple has created, led and assisted this worthy program. They are to be commended. Good presentation!Our program this week was presented by Tom and Jane Burns. They are the founders and  a  driving force in the Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program.  Jane Burns said she talked to us 6-7 years ago. On today’s occasion the goals include an update and the request for advice on fund-raising. Jane had been a schoolteacher and it was natural for her to respond to a need in the community which involves teaching. There are three major needs among adults involving targeted teaching. These include Preparation for Citizenship tests, English as a second Language (ESL) and preparation to take the G.E.D. test. The Sahuarita School District did not think there was much of a need but they extended the free use of their facilities to the volunteers who were eager to reach out and help. Everyone was surprised by the massive turn out of interested adults. They  thought 15-20 might respond to the flyers . 140 adults showed Up! There are 45 volunteers led by Tom and Jane Burns. It is a not- for- profit organization. The participants pay $10 which is far below the actual costs for the teaching materials. They receive funds from outfits such as the White Elephant, Service Clubs of the communities, Freeport  and others . The funds are administered through school district Education Enhancement funds. The costs to the Students taking the various test i.e. citizenship, G.E.D., and ESL  can range up $700+. This is difficult for many. Thus, the low cost volunteer program is essential The classes are held at SAH Library and Sopori Elementary School (Amado) in the evening. In the daytime Good Shepherd church and SAH Public Library are utilized. The Burns’ were very pleased that 150 adults achieved citizenship during their tenure. They distributed material listing funding sources and other financial data. Presumably, the Board will respond further to their request for advice in this regard. This couple has created, led and assisted this worthy program. They are to be commended. Good presentation!