The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City.
“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Bruce Davis, president of the Great Plains Literacy Council, at the presentation. “The literacy council believes in sponsoring educational literacy services to adults, but funds are needed to operate this beneficial program.”
The Great Plains Literacy Council’s proposal includes plans to expand literacy education to adult learners in Harmon County. This project will offer free tutoring of English, recruit adult learners and tutors, provide bilingual staff and promote early literacy activities for learners’ families.
Established in September 1985, the Great Plains Literacy Council has a strong history of operation. The mission of the council is to provide basic adult literacy services in Jackson County and Harmon County. The council offers one-to-one tutoring and small group tutoring to meet individual needs. During the past year, there were a total of 101 adult learners reached with various educational needs through the help of 32 volunteer tutors in this literacy program.
“The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities,” said John Horschler, Shamrock Bank president. “Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and art and the humanities in 20 counties.”
Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to schools, teachers, and communities in rural Oklahoma. Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards of up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college.
For more information visit www.ruraloklahoma.org.