Read Up! student in Truckee now bilingual |

Read Up! student in Truckee now bilingual

Rolann Aronson
Special to the Sun

Reyna Lopez, left, with Connie Malfa.

Truckee Read Up! student Reyna Sanchez will soon celebrate her first anniversary as a Bilingual Advocate at the Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

Since joining the Read Up! Literacy Program — a Nevada County volunteer tutor service based at the Truckee Library — Sanchez, with the help of her volunteer tutor, Connie Malfa, has perfected her English, and she is now completely bilingual.

During Sanchez's time in Read Up!, she has also completed an educational program at Sierra College, on top of raising her two children with her husband.

Most recently, she has joined forces with the Tahoe SAFE Alliance. The responsibilities for this position include writing, translating, making presentations and assisting her clients.

While Read Up! provides one-on-one, confidential tutoring, Reyna and Connie work out a flexible schedule to continue building on skills of communication that are needed with her family, in her work place and in the community.

The Read Up! literacy service is available to the whole community. At this time, 30 Truckee volunteer tutors are matched with 30 Read Up! students.

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Rolann Aronson is coordinator of the Truckee Read Up! program. For information, contact him at 530-575-7030.