Grant Augments Tuition At Payson Learning Institute

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The Payson Institute of Learning has grown from a thought in founder Norma Wade's head, to a place where children and adults can receive individualized tutoring.

"When two people in the business world wanted to progress to a higher position and needed algebra, our teachers were there for them," Wade said. She is the vice president of operations.

The instructors at PIL were able to help an adult with "low elementary level reading skills."

Now, he can read a book a week, Wade said.

Homework help, study skills, AIMS, SAT and ACT tutoring are available for first through high school age pupils.

"Of course, we are reading and math experts," Wade said.

Larry Frisbee and Bobby Jones are on staff to help people improve their computer skills using different programs.

"We had a 90-year-old lady here this past Monday night who learned to use the mouse," Wade said.

The youngest students tutored at PIL are age seven. "They probably know more about computers than some adults," Wade said.

PIL opened its door in April 2007 in a small office behind the Knotty Pine.

In six months, the need for expansion caused the move to their present location at 600 E. Hwy. 260 near Tiny's Restaurant.

Tutoring costs are $35 per hour for a private lesson. For two students at a time, the cost is $25 each. The fee for a class of three to six people is $20 per person.

The Arizona Community Foundation recently granted PIL $2,500 to augment tutoring.

This means PIL can now award partial scholarships to students, such as paying for one lesson and getting the next one free, Wade said.

Wade had heard that the tutoring center has been approved for $5,000 and a $2,500 grants from other sources, but PIL does not have those funds yet.

In addition to what PIL is doing academically, they have started the Payson Academic Lecture League. Former Associated Press field photographer Jeff Robbins was their first speaker. More speakers will be announced.

There will be a PIL fund raiser at the Rim Golf Club Feb. 17.

John Massaro, founder and maestro of the Phoenix Opera Company will present a trio of musicians and four singers in a Broadway concert.

"It will be marvelous, a show-stopper," Wade said.

The concert is open to the public and includes hors'douvres, wine and beverages.

PIL is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 which makes $60 of the $100 per person tickets tax-deductible.

For more information, stop by Payson Institute of Learning, or call (928) 472-3393.

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