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Volunteers needed to record books for students


 Josiah, 11 years old, is a smart cookie.  But he's had trouble reading and comprehending.

"It's kind of hard for me to read that book," said 5th grader Josiah.

The Peoria Unified School District wants to help students with visual, physical or other learning challenges by having them listen to a book, on a computer or other electronic device.

"It tells me all the words," said Josiah.

So far, district volunteers have converted roughly 350 books to audio.  But there's still another 350+ that need to be converted.  And that's where you can help.

"We have a lot of books that we can put into an audio format. And somebody that could donate a little bit of their time, and spend recording those, would be a huge benefit to our kids," said Mike Albert with the Peoria Unified School District.

It's an easy process.  After a quick training lesson on how to use the software, you, at your leisure, record the books on your home computer, then send the file to Albert when you're done.

"Before, some of our kids, they didn't understand what they were reading because they struggle with it so much.  Well now when they hear it, they start to pick up the information they need," said Albert.

Through these audio books, the district has seen improvement in both reading and comprehension. And in Josiah's case, a new love for learning.

"He will run up to us on campus now and say 'I'm almost done with the book, I can't wait to start the next book'," Albert said.

"Now I read harder books on the computer," added Josiah.

For more information, or to volunteer to record an audio book, please contact Mike Albert directly at malbert@pusd11.org

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