Literacy Council Receives Grant
for Second Year
This article originally appeared in The Pilot on May 22, 2015
Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, and for the second consecutive year Moore County Literacy Council (MCLC) has received notice that they will be receiving continued funding for a program they launched in 2014-2015 in support of 25 of their most challenged students. Last year’s award was for $7,000, and in 2015-2016 MCLC will receive $8,000.
Beth Daniels, MCLC’s executive director is thrilled.
“There is very little funding available for the purpose of eradicating adult illiteracy, so the support Dollar General offers is critical for an agency such as ours,” she says. “Furthermore, most people do not realize how incredibly challenging it can be for many adults to attend tutoring sessions on a regular basis. The demands of managing family and work schedules, issues with health, and transportation challenges can all derail the student’s best efforts. This grant is specifically geared towards helping this population surmount those challenges and maintain a consistent schedule for tutoring.”
Thanks to the Dollar General funding, the adults in the program receive supplemental learning materials such as Oxford picture dictionaries, and gas card incentives for consistent attendance. Following nine months of enrollment in the program 69.5 percent of the students showed improvement of 5 percent points or more over their entry level test scores.
“In a conversation with a Dollar General Literacy Foundation representative, I learned that they were looking for 50 percent of this population to show improvement in post testing scores, so we completed well above that benchmark,” says Daniels. “I believe a large part of this success is due to the dedication of our volunteer tutors, who donated more than 550 hours of tutoring time to the 22 adults who remained enrolled in the program for the entire year. We are very grateful for our tutors’ commitment to our programs and to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their continuing support.”
Since 1993 the Dollar General Literacy Foundation estimates it has has helped nearly six million individuals take their first steps towards literacy or continued education. For more information about the Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
It's Celebration Time!
Although the Literacy Council is open year round, we recognize our students’ accomplishments in June at our Seven Lakes site at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. In August we gather at the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines to honor our students who meet at Read Moore Center and other county wide sites such as the Vass and Southern Pines libraries.
Both celebrations are high energy events, especially since entire families, and sometimes extended families, are in attendance. And the excitement is palpable as guests stream into the halls bearing trays of food from countries all over the world. Since we currently have students from 17 different countries enrolled in Literacy Council programs we literally enjoy a global gourmet feast!
This year’s celebrations are taking place on June 30th in Seven Lakes and August 13th in Southern Pines. The organizing committees are hard at work preparing for these events. We feel blessed to have such a wonderful community of students, tutors, and general volunteers. You are the heart and soul of the Literacy council, and we look forward to celebrating with you very soon.
Here is a photo of the beautiful bookmarks the Sandhills Needlers Club made in 2014 to be given to our students to commemorate a year of hard work.