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June 13, 2013

Literacy Coalition receives $7,200 grant

Ada —

Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition received a $7,200 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to help in purchasing materials, updating software, printing costs, and training future tutors.

“The Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition would like to thank Dollar General and the supporters of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation," said Jolene Poore, president of Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition. "Without their commitment PCLC would not be able to serve the many students in our community who need our services.”

Pontotoc County Literacy Coalition offers adult basic literacy, GED preparation, basic computer literacy, math, and English as a second language tutoring.  "Our program is based on the Laubach method of teaching.  We tutor on a one-on-one basis with each student having a tutor. Occasionally we will have a classroom type setting depending on the needs of the community or our students.  There is no charge for any tutoring services," Poore said.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.  For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Poore said the PCLC has been in operation since 1984 and has tutored hundreds of students.  All the services are free to the public. 

"Our tutors all volunteer their time and knowledge to help members of our community work toward their personal goals.  With the help of the Ada Public Library, which provides our office space and utilities, and the generous assistance of such organizations as the Dollar General Foundation we are able to run our office and offer materials and services to the community and county."

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